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31 Oct OT: Birding in Cozumel [Fred Burggraf ]
30 Oct HADU, COEI, PUSA and BLSK @ OC Inlet [robert housten ]
30 Oct Great Crested Flycatcher []
30 Oct Marylanders Headed to the Rio Grande Valley [Barry Marsh ]
30 Oct Irish Grove Sanctuary, Somerset Co []
30 Oct Rock Creek Park, Thursday 10/30/14 [Wallace Kornack ]
30 Oct Winter is here ["Hugh David Fleischmann" ]
30 Oct Siskins & R-b Nuthatch ["Peter Lev" ]
29 Oct Re: Re: Mount Pleasant Farm, FOX sp. 10 sp., 10/28/14 [Nikki DeBraccio ]
29 Oct Re: Re: Mount Pleasant Farm, FOX sp. 10 sp., 10/28/14 [Nikki DeBraccio ]
29 Oct Re: Mount Pleasant Farm, FOX sp. 10 sp., 10/28/14 [Patricia Wood ]
29 Oct Purple Finches [Warblerick ]
29 Oct RE: Mount Pleasant Farm, FOX sp. 10 sp., 10/28/14 [Tim Houghton ]
29 Oct Mount Pleasant Farm, FOX sp. 10 sp., 10/28/14 [Tim Houghton ]
29 Oct Loch Raven Reservoir, 10/28/14 [Kevin Graff ]
29 Oct Rock Creek Park, Wednesday 10/29/14 [Wallace Kornack ]
29 Oct Did I see what I thought I saw? [Karen Caruso ]
28 Oct CBC list - correction to Mark Hoffman's email [Andy Martin ]
28 Oct 2014 MD and nearby Christmas Bird Counts (CBCs) [Andy Martin ]
28 Oct Re: Pine Siskin at Druid Ridge Cemetery [Barry Marsh ]
28 Oct Adding Photos to eBird Reports ["Jlstasz via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
28 Oct Rusty blackbird flock at Hughes Hollow yesterday ["Scott Young (home)" ]
28 Oct Late Grasshopper Sparrow at Meadowbrook Park, Howard County Oct 28 [Jim Wilkinson ]
28 Oct MD/DC Records Committee Documentation Policy Changes [Phil Davis ]
28 Oct Rock Creek Park, Tuesday 10/28/14 [Wallace Kornack ]
28 Oct Re: Pine Siskin at Druid Ridge Cemetery [Richard Edden ]
27 Oct Hart-Miller Island, 10/27/14 [Kevin Graff ]
27 Oct PG Brant - yes this eve [jugbayjs ]
27 Oct Quick trip to Western MD 10/27/2014 [Tim Carney ]
27 Oct Birding in Lothian; large influx of kinglets and a rafter of WILD TURKEY [Samuel Miller ]
27 Oct RE: OC Warbler at Cromwell [Tim Houghton ]
27 Oct Siskin visitation! [Kimberlee Swift ]
27 Oct Siskin visitation! ["Gail B. Mackiernan %3Ckatahdinss%40comcast.net%3E" ]
27 Oct Rock Creek Park, Monday 10/27/14 [Wallace Kornack ]
27 Oct OC Warbler at Cromwell []
27 Oct Siskins plus @ Wheaton Regional Park today ["Gail B. Mackiernan %3Ckatahdinss%40comcast.net%3E" ]
27 Oct Re: Snowy Owl captured [Steve Huy ]
27 Oct PG Brant [Joe Hanfman ]
27 Oct Re: A little late for Fox Sparrows? [Edward Boyd ]
27 Oct A little late for Fox Sparrows? ["'Aaron Graham' via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
26 Oct FOF Dark eyed Junco [Mary Maxey ]
26 Oct A little late for Fox Sparrows? [Laura Rinier ]
26 Oct Ring-necked Ducks at Swains Lock C&O Canal [Lucy Uncu ]
26 Oct Re: Pine Siskin at Druid Ridge Cemetery [Thomas Harten ]
26 Oct Belated report for Friday 10/24 C&O Canal Swains Lock/Pennyfield Lock [Lucy Uncu ]
26 Oct Re: Wheaton Regional Park and Brookside Gardens today [Evelyn Ralston ]
26 Oct Pine Siskin at Druid Ridge Cemetery [Keith Eric Costley ]
26 Oct Fort Smallwood (10/26) ["'Bill Hubick' via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
26 Oct Wheaton Regional Park and Brookside Gardens today ["Gail B. Mackiernan %3Ckatahdinss%40comcast.net%3E" ]
26 Oct Merlin over Kensington ["Gail B. Mackiernan %3Ckatahdinss%40comcast.net%3E" ]
26 Oct belated reports for 10/23/14 [Kevin Graff ]
26 Oct Re: Wharf Rd PG County Brant [jugbayjs ]
26 Oct Rock Creek Park, Sunday 10/26/14 [Wallace Kornack ]
26 Oct Re: Wharf Rd PG County Brant [Thomas Ostrowski ]
26 Oct red-necked grebes @ Violettes [Dave Roberts ]
26 Oct Re: Merlin v. Bat (sp.) []
25 Oct Rock Creek Park, Saturday 10/25/14 [Wallace Kornack ]
25 Oct Parasitic Jaeger at OC Inlet [Fred Shaffer ]
25 Oct Loch Raven Reservoir, 10/25/14 [Kevin Graff ]
25 Oct Clay-colored Sparrow, Assateague SP [Michael Ostrowski ]
25 Oct Greenbelt American Avocets are gone [Rob Hilton ]
25 Oct Siskins in Montgomery County ["Tom Stock" ]
25 Oct Sunset Park, OC, MD [Suzanne Richman ]
25 Oct Beltsville American Avocets are gone [Rob Hilton ]
25 Oct Merlin v. Bat (sp.) [Thomas Harten ]
25 Oct Golden eagle over fort Reno DC [Frank Gmail ]
25 Oct Wharf Rd PG County Brant [Mark Rositol ]
25 Oct Nice flight occuring [Hugh McGuinness ]
25 Oct Non-local topic: ABA "Counting Rules" changes [Phil Davis ]
24 Oct Patuxent River Park (PG) Vesper Sparrow [jugbayjs ]
24 Oct purple finches [jfstup ]
24 Oct RE: Irvine Nature Center [Tim Houghton ]
24 Oct Milltown Landing - possible Clay-colored [jugbayjs ]
24 Oct Black-Billed Cuckoo at Cromwell Valley Park- Blue Trail [Kimberlee Swift ]
24 Oct Orange-crowned Warbler + Sparrows at Patterson Park Baltimore [Jared Fisher ]
24 Oct Irvine Nature Center []

Subject: OT: Birding in Cozumel
From: Fred Burggraf <fburggraf0625 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:22:41 -0400
My wife and I will be in Cozumel in December for a day (it's a cruise-ship
stop). If anyone on this listserve knows of a reputable birding tour
company in Cozumel, please reply to me personally at fburggraf0625 AT gmail.com.
Thanks.

Fred Burggraf
Charles County

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Subject: HADU, COEI, PUSA and BLSK @ OC Inlet
From: robert housten <squashfly AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 23:35:18 +0000
There were 2, maybe 3 Harlequin Ducks at the Ocean City Inlet tonight. I first 
had a female in the ocean on the north side of the inlet. It then flew over 
behind the south jetty. A few minutes later, there was a pair of Harlequins in 
the surf on the north side. I'm not sure if the female in the pair was the same 
as the first bird or not. 


The 2 female Common Eiders continue off of the north jetty, 2 Purple Sandpipers 
were working the rocks and a flock of over 50 Black Skimmers were moving around 
at dusk. 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/89246322 AT N04/15484518350/

Scott Housten
Ocean City, Md.
 		 	   		  

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Subject: Great Crested Flycatcher
From: keyweststyle2001 AT gmail.com
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:14:11 -0400




Subject: Marylanders Headed to the Rio Grande Valley
From: Barry Marsh <barry.d.marsh AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:01:37 -0400
Texas-bound Maryland Birders: Next week I'll be attending my first Rio
Grande Valley Birding Festival. I'll be on field trips Wednesday through
Sunday mornings, but I'd like to meet up with any other Maryland birders -
especially RGVBF veterans - who wouldn't mind me tagging along if you're
doing some afternoon/evening/nighttime birding or rarity-chasing. Please
contact me off-list at barry.d.marsh AT gmail.com. Thanks, and good birding!

Barry
Baltimore

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Subject: Irish Grove Sanctuary, Somerset Co
From: keyweststyle2001 AT gmail.com
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:54:05 -0400




Subject: Rock Creek Park, Thursday 10/30/14
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace AT kornack.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:46:02 -0400
This morning (10/30) at Rock Creek Park with Bill Butler and Judy Bromley……

Highlight:  Orange-crowned Warbler.  

——Maintenance Yard 
Orange-crowned Warbler Grey head, split eye-ring, olive/yellow body with 
indistinct streaking, unmarked tail, and bright yellow undertail. It wagged its 
tail and worked the plants low to the ground like a palm warbler but it was not 
a palm. It was observed next to two yellow palm warblers. 

Palm Warbler     2   (Judy)
Red-shouldered Hawk  
Downy Woodpecker     2
Northern Flicker     2
Blue Jay     7
Carolina Chickadee     10
Tufted Titmouse     2
White-breasted Nuthatch  
Ruby-crowned Kinglet     4
American Robin     10
Eastern Towhee     4
Chipping Sparrow     40++
Song Sparrow     10+
White-throated Sparrow     8
Dark-eyed Junco     30+
Northern Cardinal     4
American Goldfinch  

——Dog Run
Palm Warbler (Yellow)  
Mourning Dove  
Northern Flicker  
American Robin     15
Cedar Waxwing     6
Eastern Towhee  
Chipping Sparrow     30+
Song Sparrow     +10
White-throated Sparrow     4
Dark-eyed Junco     18
Northern Cardinal     10

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington  DC


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Subject: Winter is here
From: "Hugh David Fleischmann" <david AT macappraisals.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:05:23 -0400
Today at my feeders in Owings Mills; I just saw FOS; Juncos, Nuthatch,
Purple Finches, Pine Siskin and Song Sparrow.  All were in one binocular
view.  I love the change of seasons.  

 

H. David Fleischmann

President

MAC Appraisals, LLC

12529 Greenspring Avenue

Owings Mills, MD 21117

410-363-1935-office

410-598-9292-mobile

david AT macappraisals.com

www.macappraisals.com

 

 

Please visit our website at www.macappraisals.com

 

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Subject: Siskins & R-b Nuthatch
From: "Peter Lev" <plev AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:07:41 -0400
I made a quick trip to Druid Ridge Cemetery, Balt. County this morning to
look for the Pine Siskins found by Keith Costley a few days ago.  Starting
at the Reisterstown Rd. (west) end of the line of hemlocks, I quickly saw a
Red-breasted Nuthatch (FOS in MD).  Walking east there was lots of bird
activity, including 2 Golden-crowned Kinglets, 2 Eastern Phoebes, and 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk.  When I had just about given up, 8 very small birds flew
into a tall tree near the eastern edge of the hemlocks.  These were the
Siskins, and I got good binoc looks at 4-5 of them.

 

Thanks to Keith and others for posting.

 

Peter Lev

Baltimore

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Subject: Re: Re: Mount Pleasant Farm, FOX sp. 10 sp., 10/28/14
From: Nikki DeBraccio <nikki.debraccio AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:21:55 -0400
The Nelson's Sparrow was seen in an area that is not on the trail map. The
bird is long gone, but was seen in a "Swale" that was a bit southwest of
the Stone Wall Trail. There is another bridge on the Tulip Poplar Trail
(see this map where it says "bridge" or "North Bridge"
http://www.hcconservancy.org/assets/docs/HCCTrails_2PageHR.pdf) that I
believe is where Tim saw the Lincoln's Sparrow today. Please feel free to
correct me if I am wrong Tim.

Nikki
Timonium, MD

On Wed, Oct 29, 2014 at 7:07 PM, Patricia Wood  wrote:

>  trail, bottom of the hill behind gray Education Center)
> >
> > --Lincoln's Sparrow (same place)
> >
>
> It really is a nice place; I made my first visit a couple of weeks ago and
> saw a number of nice tho not unusual birds; there was a big wedding all
> over the place!  I had hoped to figure out where the Nelson's sparrow had
> been seen, since it was soon after the last sighting I've heard about, but
> I couldn't quite be sure.  I wonder if folks could use some of the
> buildings and trail names, etc. that a first-timer sees on the official map
> for the Farm, when describing locations.  I think you did, in this case,
> since I see an Ed Center on the map--thanks!  But the trails people
> described in other posts didn't correspond with the ones on the map, so
> they were a puzzlement.  The only bridge I saw was the one at the end of
> the Stone Wall trail; was that the one meant in the Nelson's directions?
> (The wedding pictures being taken on that bridge kept me from exploring
> there during my visit!)  Please reply on list; I won't be seeing the email
> connected to this on a regular basis, and I suspect others might be
> interested.
>
> Patricia Wood
> Silver Spring
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Subject: Re: Re: Mount Pleasant Farm, FOX sp. 10 sp., 10/28/14
From: Nikki DeBraccio <nikki.debraccio AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:21:36 -0400
The Nelson's Sparrow was seen in an area that is not on the trail map. The
bird is long gone, but was seen in a "Swale" that was a bit southwest of
the Stone Wall Trail. There is another bridge on the Tulip Poplar Trail
(see this map where it says "bridge" or "North Bridge"
http://www.hcconservancy.org/assets/docs/HCCTrails_2PageHR.pdf) that I
believe is where Tim saw the Lincoln's Sparrow today. Please feel free to
correct me if I am wrong Tim.

Nikki
Timonium, MD

On Wed, Oct 29, 2014 at 7:07 PM, Patricia Wood  wrote:

>  trail, bottom of the hill behind gray Education Center)
> >
> > --Lincoln's Sparrow (same place)
> >
>
> It really is a nice place; I made my first visit a couple of weeks ago and
> saw a number of nice tho not unusual birds; there was a big wedding all
> over the place!  I had hoped to figure out where the Nelson's sparrow had
> been seen, since it was soon after the last sighting I've heard about, but
> I couldn't quite be sure.  I wonder if folks could use some of the
> buildings and trail names, etc. that a first-timer sees on the official map
> for the Farm, when describing locations.  I think you did, in this case,
> since I see an Ed Center on the map--thanks!  But the trails people
> described in other posts didn't correspond with the ones on the map, so
> they were a puzzlement.  The only bridge I saw was the one at the end of
> the Stone Wall trail; was that the one meant in the Nelson's directions?
> (The wedding pictures being taken on that bridge kept me from exploring
> there during my visit!)  Please reply on list; I won't be seeing the email
> connected to this on a regular basis, and I suspect others might be
> interested.
>
> Patricia Wood
> Silver Spring
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Subject: Re: Mount Pleasant Farm, FOX sp. 10 sp., 10/28/14
From: Patricia Wood <pwood AT capaccess.org>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:07:41 -0700 (PDT)
 trail, bottom of the hill behind gray Education Center)
> 
> --Lincoln's Sparrow (same place)
> 

It really is a nice place; I made my first visit a couple of weeks ago and saw 
a number of nice tho not unusual birds; there was a big wedding all over the 
place! I had hoped to figure out where the Nelson's sparrow had been seen, 
since it was soon after the last sighting I've heard about, but I couldn't 
quite be sure. I wonder if folks could use some of the buildings and trail 
names, etc. that a first-timer sees on the official map for the Farm, when 
describing locations. I think you did, in this case, since I see an Ed Center 
on the map--thanks! But the trails people described in other posts didn't 
correspond with the ones on the map, so they were a puzzlement. The only bridge 
I saw was the one at the end of the Stone Wall trail; was that the one meant in 
the Nelson's directions? (The wedding pictures being taken on that bridge kept 
me from exploring there during my visit!) Please reply on list; I won't be 
seeing the email connected to this on a regular basis, and I suspect others 
might be interested. 


Patricia Wood
Silver Spring

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Subject: Purple Finches
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:10:09 -0700 (PDT)
I've been hosting Purple Finches in my yard for over a week now, with more 
purple males joining the brownies, at the sunflower feeders. This morning as I 
walked around the yard, a beautiful flute like song trailed down to me from the 
trees above, and putting my binoculars up, I found a singing male Purple Finch! 
Been a while since I've heard their beautiful song, and it made my day! 


Yesterday I saw a Brown Creeper going up one of the pear trees close to the 
shop, a difficult bird for my yard, and had an adult White-crowned Sparrow 
feeding under the bushes late. 


Today's sparrows included White=throated, immature White-crowned, Chipping 
(many), Field, Dark-eyed Junco, and Song Sparrow. At one point this morning, 
there were single Song, Field and White-throated Sparrows feeding on the ground 
all in one binocular view. 


Haven't seen any siskins here yet...

Rick Sussman
Woodbine,MD

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Subject: RE: Mount Pleasant Farm, FOX sp. 10 sp., 10/28/14
From: Tim Houghton <thoughton AT loyola.edu>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 20:28:02 +0000
Date wrong in previous note--should be today, 10/29. TH
________________________________
From: mdbirding AT googlegroups.com [mdbirding AT googlegroups.com] on behalf of Tim 
Houghton [thoughton AT loyola.edu] 

Sent: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 4:07 PM
To: mdbirding AT googlegroups.com
Subject: [MDBirding] Mount Pleasant Farm, FOX sp. 10 sp., 10/28/14

Spent four hours at Mount Pleasant Farm and got out just as the rain started 
coming heavy. Nice day for the most part. Looked hard for a Vesper sparrow 
without luck. 


Notable finds:

--FOX SPARROW (along trail, bottom of the hill behind gray Education Center)
--Lincoln's Sparrow (same place)
--White-Crowned Sparrow (8, including 3 adults)
--10 sparrow species
--House Wren (1, rare/late)
--Winter Wren (4)
--Palm Warbler (3, yellow)
--Golden-Crowned Kinglet (2)
--Purple Finch (7, including 1 adult male)

EBird: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20372964 .

Best Birding Wishes,

Tim Houghton
(Glen Arm)



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Subject: Mount Pleasant Farm, FOX sp. 10 sp., 10/28/14
From: Tim Houghton <thoughton AT loyola.edu>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 20:07:12 +0000
Spent four hours at Mount Pleasant Farm and got out just as the rain started 
coming heavy. Nice day for the most part. Looked hard for a Vesper sparrow 
without luck. 


Notable finds:

--FOX SPARROW (along trail, bottom of the hill behind gray Education Center)
--Lincoln's Sparrow (same place)
--White-Crowned Sparrow (8, including 3 adults)
--10 sparrow species
--House Wren (1, rare/late)
--Winter Wren (4)
--Palm Warbler (3, yellow)
--Golden-Crowned Kinglet (2)
--Purple Finch (7, including 1 adult male)

EBird: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20372964 .

Best Birding Wishes,

Tim Houghton
(Glen Arm)


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Subject: Loch Raven Reservoir, 10/28/14
From: Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:49:03 -0400
Steady flight of bluebirds, robins, waxwings, juncos, purple finches, pine
siskins and goldfinches during first hour and half.    Busy first hour and
half along way until mowers mowing kept more birds down.


10/28/14 – 815am-1130am

Loch Raven Reservoir—Loch Raven Skeet & Trap Club, Baltimore Co., MD



WEATHER: MC, 50-67 degrees, calm- WSW 5 mph     OBS: 13



Canada Goose – 263

Wood Duck – 2

American Wigeon – 30

Mallard – 2

Ring-necked Duck – 11

Hooded Merganser – 6

Pied-billed Grebe – 4

Double-crested Cormorant – 2

Great Blue Heron – 1

Black Vulture – 2 (on way out)

Bald Eagle – 1

Northern Harrier – 2

Sharp-shinned Hawk – 1

Red-shouldered Hawk – 1

Red-tailed Hawk – 1

American Coot – 8

Ring-billed Gull – 2

Mourning Dove – 9

Red-bellied Woodpecker – 5

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker – 2

Downy Woodpecker – 4

Northern Flicker – 3

Blue Jay – 17

American Crow – 28

Fish Crow – 7

Tree Swallow – 5

Carolina Chickadee – 15

Tufted Titmouse – 5

Red-breasted Nuthatch – 1

White-breasted Nuthatch – 3

Carolina Wren – 2

House Wren – 1

Winter Wren – 1

Golden-crowned Kinglet – 2

Ruby-crowned Kinglet – 13

Eastern Bluebird – 44

Hermit Thrush – 1

American Robin – 276

Northern Mockingbird – 1

European Starling – 7

Cedar Waxwing – 67 (22, 10, 11, 16, 8)

Yellow-rumped Warbler – 4

Palm Warbler – 1 (yellow)

Eastern Towhee – 4

Chipping Sparrow – 13

Field Sparrow – 1

Fox Sparrow – 2

Song Sparrow – 11

Swamp Sparrow – 2

White-throated Sparrow – 107

“Slate-colored” Junco – 62 (dozens flyovers)

Northern Cardinal – 11

Red-winged Blackbird – 7

Purple Finch – 11 (1, 4, 8, last group on treetops for several minutes)

House Finch – 2

Pine Siskin – 35 (4, 5, 8, 15, 3)

American Goldfinch – 53 (1, 16, 11, 8, 9, 8)

SPECIES: 57

INDIVIDUALS: 1184



MAMMALS: Gray Squirrel – 15



BUTTERFLIES: Orange Sulphur – 2, Monarch – 2



***Left out one Le Conte's Sparrow found at Hart Miller on Monday.
Probably same bird from two weeks ago, in same area.  Last week was too
windy for sparrow**



     Kevin Graff

     Jarrettsville, MD

     KeyWeststyle2001 AT gmail.com

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Subject: Rock Creek Park, Wednesday 10/29/14
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace AT kornack.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:43:08 -0400
This morning (10/29) at Rock Creek Park with Bill Butler…..

Best bird of the day:  Pine Siskin

-----Maintenance Yard
Mourning Dove  
Red-bellied Woodpecker     2
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker     2
Downy Woodpecker      6
Blue Jay     3
American Crow     30
Fish Crow  
Carolina Chickadee  
Tufted Titmouse  
White-breasted Nuthatch     3
Carolina Wren     6
Hermit Thrush    in yard parking lot
American Robin     4
Gray Catbird  
Eastern Towhee     3
Song Sparrow     4
White-throated Sparrow     7
Dark-eyed Junco     6
Northern Cardinal     8
Purple Finch  
Pine Siskin     8    
American Goldfinch  

-----Dog Run
Mourning Dove  
Downy Woodpecker  
Eastern Phoebe  
American Crow     4
Chipping Sparrow  
Song Sparrow     4
White-throated Sparrow     3

Have Fun Birding!

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Washington  Dc


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Subject: Did I see what I thought I saw?
From: Karen Caruso <karen.caruso AT verizon.net>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 03:53:14 -0700 (PDT)
Flock of 5 very large birds flew over my house ( Butternut Rd, Riva, Md – 
very close to Mike's Crab House on the South River). Slow moving, necks 
stretched out, flying as a group (not in a V). Headed north. 


Necks light in color, body dark, legs trailing, dark wings with white flashing 
with the motion of the wings. 


Looked very much like Wood Storks. One had been reported at Cromwell Valley 
Park hawk watch on Oct 12, 2014. 


Was anyone else in the area looking up at about that time?

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Subject: CBC list - correction to Mark Hoffman's email
From: Andy Martin <apmartin2 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 20:14:17 -0700 (PDT)
Mark Hoffman's (Ocean City CBC) email should correctly read 
wcbirding AT gmail.com. 


Andy Martin
Gaithersburg

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Subject: 2014 MD and nearby Christmas Bird Counts (CBCs)
From: Andy Martin <apmartin2 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 18:03:23 -0700 (PDT)
Below find the 2014 to early 2015 MD and nearby CBC list. This list can also be 
found within the text of most recent Yellowthroat and should shortly be posted 
at MOS Website in the bird count section. 


Couple changes to note for this year. 1) Mark Hoffman is taking over compiler 
duties from Jay Sheppard for Ocean City CBC; 2) Gwen Brewer (Port Tobacco CBC) 
has new phone # and email - was able to get her new phone # but not her email 
yet; 3) Bruce Peterjohn has moved Southern Dorchester CBC to an earlier date of 
Dec 21; and 4) Lynne Wheeler is taking over from Carol Gheblian as MD Sector 
coordinator for Ft. Belvoir CBC. 


Also, I will give my annual "plug" that if you have never helped with a CBC 
before.....it can be a great way to spend a winter day around the holidays, the 
count compilers are always looking for extra help and new blood, and 
experienced birders are happy to help new counters. 


Andy Martin
MOS Calendar Editor

2014 to early 2015 Maryland and nearby Christmas Bird Counts (CBCs)

	Sunday, December 14
Elkton CBC, MD. Full day census of all birds in a circle of 7.5-mile radius 
centered at Black Hill on Elk Neck. Compiler: Laura Balascio, avocet AT udel.edu 
or 302-456-0914. Tally Rally at McDonald’s in Elkton at 4 PM. 


Catoctin Mountain CBC, MD. Contact Mike Welch at 301-685-3561 or 
manddwelch AT comcast.net to participate. 


Lower Kent County CBC, MD. Covers area from just south of Chestertown and 
Tolchester to Eastern Neck Island. Full day of counting, followed by countdown 
dinner. Contact compiler Nancy Martin, 410-778-9568 or borealdee AT gmail.com for 
area assignments or more info. 


St. Michaels CBC, MD. If you can help with all or part of this count, contact 
compiler/coordinator: Wayne Bell, wbell2 AT washcoll.edu. Potluck Dinner: 5 PM at 
Episcopal Parish Hall, St. Michaels. Dinner Coordinator: Margie Steffens, 
410-822-1966. 


Salisbury CBC, MD. Take a break from the holiday rush and join this traditional 
Christmas birding event. Compiler: Mike Walsh, 410-422-0428. Compilation at 
Carolyn and Charlie Stegman’s home, 606 Fountain Rd., Salisbury, MD 21801, 
443-783-1396. 


Port Tobacco CBC, MD. Compiler, Gwen Brewer, 301-752-9239.

Seneca CBC, MD and VA. Compiler: Jim Nelson, kingfishers2 AT verizon.net 
(preferred) or 301-530-6574. 


Jug Bay CBC, MD. Compiler: Sam Droege, 301-497-5840 (w), 301-390-7759 (h) or 
sdroege AT usgs.gov. 


Southern Lancaster County CBC, PA and MD (the southern area of this count 
circle includes a small portion of MD in northern Cecil County). Compiler: Bob 
Schutsky, 717-548-3303 or info AT birdtreks.com. 


Manassas-Bull Run CBC, VA. Compiler: Bob Shipman, ships333 AT yahoo.com or 
703-883-3868. 


Charles Town CBC, WV and MD (includes a portion of MD in Washington Co). 
Compiler: Bob Dean, bobdean52 AT gmail.com. 


	Saturday, December 20
Allegany County CBC, MD and WV (includes a portion of WV). To participate, 
contact J.B. Churchill at 301-697-1223 or jchurchi AT atlanticbb.net to get an 
area assignment. 


Oakland CBC, MD and WV (includes a portion of WV). To participate, contact 
Connie Skipper at connieskipper AT hohnet.com or 301-387-5227. 


Middle River CBC, MD. Birders of all levels of expertise or experience are 
welcome and urged to participate. The area being surveyed is a 15 mile diameter 
circle centered in Middle River, from Fort Howard Park up to Baltimore/Harford 
Co line at the mouth of the Gunpowder River. Contact compilers: Pete Webb, 
443-904-6314 or pete_webb AT juno.com or Kevin Graff, keyweststyle2001 AT gmail.com, 
for area assignment. 


Denton CBC, MD. Coordinator: Steve Westre, 410-479-0338 or 
swestre26 AT comcast.net. 


Triadelphia Reservoir CBC, MD. Compiler: David Holmes, musiclbndr AT gmail.com 
(preferred) or 410-730-7083. 


Washington, DC CBC (includes portions of MD and VA). Compiler: Larry 
Cartwright. Info: Carol Hayes at Audubon Naturalist Society, 
chayes AT audubonnaturalist.org or 301-652-9188 x10. 


Wachapreague CBC, VA. Compiler: Marilyn Ailes, imailes AT verizon.net.

York CBC, PA and MD (the southern area of this count circle includes a portion 
of MD in northern Carroll County). Compiler: Bernie Frick, 717-843-6675 or 
bernardfrick AT alum.lehigh.edu. 


	Sunday, December 21
Chesterville CBC, MD. Covers most of eastern Kent Co and some of northern Queen 
Anne’s. Full day of counting, followed by count down dinner. Compiler: Maren 
Gimpel at funkymoss AT yahoo.com or 912-660-1541. 


Point Lookout CBC, MD. Compiler: Bob Boxwell, 410-394-1300 or 410-610-5124 (m) 
or bobboxwell AT hotmail.com. 


Southern Dorchester County/Blackwater CBC, MD. Compiler: Bruce Peterjohn, 
bpeterjohn AT usgs.gov. 


Nassawadox/Brownsville CBC, VA. Compiler: Harry Armistead, 215-248-4120 or 
harryarmistead AT hotmail.com. 


	Saturday, December 27
Rock Run/Harford CBC, MD. Contact the compiler Rick Cheicante, 
rickcheicante AT cs.com or 410-803-2712 to volunteer and be assigned to a group. 


Washington County CBC, MD and WV (includes portion of WV). Contact Mark Abdy, 
301-432-7696 or mjabdy AT yahoo.com, to participate. 


Central Loudoun CBC, VA and MD (this count includes 5 miles along the C&O Canal 
in Montgomery Co, MD). Compiler: Joe Coleman, 540-554-2542 or 
joecoleman AT rstarmail.com. 


Crisfield CBC, MD and VA (the southern area of this count circle includes a 
small portion of VA across Pocomoke Sound to Saxis Island). Compiler: Paul 
Bystrak, shrike AT comcast.net or 443-783-1268 (m) or 410-572-9950 (h). Tally 
afterwards at the Bystraks. 


Wilmington CBC, DE. Compiler: Jim White, hylajwhite AT aol.com or 302-593-9622.

	Sunday, December 28
Sugarloaf Mountain CBC, MD. If you can help out, contact Janet Millenson, 
301-983-9337 or janet AT twocrows.com. 


Patuxent River CBC, MD. Compiler: Andy Brown, 410-535-5327 or 
brownaj AT co.cal.md.us. 


Ocean City CBC, MD. Compiler: Mark Hoffman, wcbirding AT comcast.net.

Milford CBC, DE. Compiler: Chris Bennett, Chris.Bennett AT state.de.us or 
cpb2564 AT gmail.com. 


	Monday, December 29
Chincoteague N.W.R. CBC, VA. Compiler: Gerald Tracy, gerald.tracy AT verizon.net 
or 757-442-5237. 


	Tuesday, December 30
Cape Charles CBC, VA. Compiler: Harry Armistead, 215-248-4120 or 
harryarmistead AT hotmail.com. 


	Thursday, January 1
Bowie CBC, MD. Compiler: David Mozurkewich, 301-509-2212, 
mozurk AT bellatlantic.net. 


	Friday, January 2
Seaford-Nanticoke CBC, DE. Compiler: Glen Lovelace, Glen.Lovelace AT state.de.us 
or 302-628-3978 (h) or 302-760-2321 (w). 


	Saturday, January 3
Inwood CBC, WV. A count centered near Martinsburg, WV. Compiler: Bob Dean, 
bobdean52 AT gmail.com. 


Rehoboth CBC, DE. Compiler: Sally O’Byrne, salobyrne AT gmail.com.

	Sunday, January 4
Annapolis-Gibson Island CBC, MD. Coordinators: Sue Ricciardi, 410-647-9513 or 
susiericc AT comcast.net and Hal and Lynn Wierenga, 410-647-7439, or 
hal.lynn AT comcast.net. 


Fort Belvoir CBC, VA and MD. Compiler: Kurt Gaskill, 703-768-2172 or 
kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net. MD Sector Leader: Lynne Wheeler, 301-743-3236 or 
comstockel AT aol.com. 


Calmes Neck CBC, VA. Compiler: Margaret Wester, 540-837-2799 or 
margaretwester AT hotmail.com. This count includes much of far-western Loudoun as 
well as Clarke Counties. 


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Subject: Re: Pine Siskin at Druid Ridge Cemetery
From: Barry Marsh <barry.d.marsh AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:01:09 -0400
At least a dozen PISIs are still there at 1545-1600, in the tops of the 
hemlocks, with a few AMGOs. 


Barry
Birding through my sunroof in Baltimore


Barry D. Marsh
443-416-3192
Sent from my iPhone

On Oct 28, 2014, at 8:55, Richard Edden  wrote:

> Keiths Druid Rudge siskins were still there this morning. If you need siskins 
and are lazy, go here, there is a road that follows the hemlock edge. Just roll 
down the window and stop when you hear finches. There are some goldfinches in 
there too, but I saw more siskins. 

> Richard Edden
> OWINGS mills
> 
> On Sunday, October 26, 2014, Keith Eric Costley  wrote:
> I encountered several flocks in the Hemlocks that create the northwest border 
of the cemetery. The birds did not stay in one spot very long. 

> 
> Keith Eric Costley
> OrioleKEC1 AT comcast.net
> OrioleKEC1 AT gmail.com
> Randallstown, Baltimore County
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Subject: Adding Photos to eBird Reports
From: "Jlstasz via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 14:36:00 -0400
Hi Folks!
 
The review of flagged birds by eBird reviewers is greatly assisted by the  
addition of photographs. Even fuzzy pictures are extremely helpful. Adding  
photographs to your report is discussed here: _Adding  Photos, Videos, and 
Recordings to... | eBird_ 

(http://help.ebird.org/customer/portal/articles/973966-adding-photos-videos-and-recordings-to-checklists) 
If you do not want 

to  post an image to your Flickr or Picassa page, please add a comment that 
you have  photos and a reviewer will contact you if needed. 
 
Some sites allow the sharing of photos. If you did not take a photo, but  
someone with your group did, it is okay to add it to your report. If you did 
not  take a photo, but someone else did when you were not present, it is  
not okay to add that image to your report, even if you believe you saw  the 
same bird. 
 
Remember that eBird is global. You do not have to limit the images to rare  
birds. What might be a common bird in Maryland can be a rarity elsewhere. 
Your  images might help someone else determine if they have found a rarity in 
their  neighborhood.
 
 

The eBird Team at Cornell is working to make it possible to add photos  
directly to your eBird report, without having to first post them on another  
site. As soon as this is possible, a message will be sent out.

 
Have fun eBirding!
 
Jim
 
Jim Stasz
North Beach MD
_jlstasz AT aol.com_ (mailto:jlstasz AT aol.com) 
 
 

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Subject: Rusty blackbird flock at Hughes Hollow yesterday
From: "Scott Young (home)" <wsyacy AT verizon.net>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 10:42:53 -0400
Yesterday just before sunset I came across a marvelous flock (>50) of rusty 
blackbirds feasting among the first sorghum field at Hughes Hollow 
(McKee-Beshers WMA). Fun to watch and listen to them. 


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Subject: Late Grasshopper Sparrow at Meadowbrook Park, Howard County Oct 28
From: Jim Wilkinson <lakekoshare AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 10:53:11 -0700 (PDT)
Found a Grasshopper Sparrow along the path in the brushy area between the small 
pond and the stream. This is below the picnic pavilion in the west side of the 
park. The time was around 10:00 AM. Here is a link to a somewhat blurry photo: 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/92602377 AT N06/15465301919/

Jim Wilkinson
Columbia, MD

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Subject: MD/DC Records Committee Documentation Policy Changes
From: Phil Davis <pdavis AT ix.netcom.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:52:43 -0400
MD/DC Birders:

Over the past few years, the quality and 
availability of local rare bird documentation has 
significantly expanded due to factors such as the 
growth of eBird and the unlimited subscription 
base of MDBirding. We now have more observers 
seeking out rare birds and documenting them via 
digital images, audio/video recordings, and written statements.

These changes are positive and very beneficial; 
however, now the MD/DC Records Committee 
(MD/DCRC) needs to adapt some of its policies and 
procedures to accommodate this increase in the 
numbers of observers and resulting documentation volume.

The committee will implement several external and internal policy changes:

1. External Policy Changes:
The following key changes address how the 
committee will process documentation and 
communicate with observers in the future:

a. Observer Permission
Previously, the MD/DCRC would seek permission 
from new observers to use “third party-obtained” 
documentation for its committee reviews and 
archiving. Now, the committee will no longer 
actively seek permission from new observers to 
use descriptive documentation (written details, 
images, A/V recordings); the committee will now 
presume that permission to use documentation is 
implied when documentation is posted to a public 
email group (e.g., MDBirding) or to a public web 
site (e.g., eBird, photo sharing, or blog sites).

b. Observer Acknowledgements
The committee periodically mailed printed 
acknowledgements to each observer who submitted 
or allowed access to descriptive documentation. 
Printed acknowledgements will no longer be 
mailed; a new future process will be established 
using emails, MDBirding posts, or some combination thereof. [Details TBD.]

c. Observer Decision Notices
The committee previously mailed printed decision 
notices to each acknowledged observer after an 
MD/DCRC review was completed. Printed decision 
notices will no longer be mailed; a new future 
process will be established using email, 
MDBirding posts, or some combination thereof. [Details TBD.]


2. Internal Changes:
The following operational changes undergird how 
the committee processes documentation and 
communicates with observers. These operational 
changes will be generally transparent to observers.

a. Rarity Categories
Regional rarities will now typically be placed 
into one of two basic categories, with respect to 
the total amount of documentation generated. The 
committee will now internally define two 
categories of rarity observations: Short-Stayer 
(SS)/Few Observers, and Long-Stayer (LS)/Many 
Observers. These category definitions establish 
the framework upon which the committee has 
adapted our new policies and procedures changes.

b. Observer Categories
Previously, within its internal processes and 
procedures, the committee used no formal observer 
categories; observers were either “acknowledged 
observers” or unnamed (“et al.”) observers, which 
indicated that other unnamed observers were also 
reported to have seen the bird(s). Observers will 
now fall into one of three categories (for 
MD/DCRC internal processes and procedures):

- Observers of Record
- Additional Observers
- Casual Observers


Summary
The affect of these new procedures will soon be 
evident as the committee Secretary (your humble 
scribe) processes the documentation backlog for 
some of this year’s long-staying/many observer 
rarities, including the early 2014 Pink-footed 
Geese and Western Tanager, and the Howard County Sabine’s Gull, among others.

For any gluttons for punishment, I prepared a 
rather arcane (and long) white paper to analyze 
the evolving documentation landscape and to 
provide a framework for these new policies and procedures changes.

The white paper can be found here …

 
https://mddcrcresources.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/mddcrc-documentation-observer-white-paper.pdf 


The practical implementation of these policies 
will shortly become evident as I send out my 
first MDBirding message dealing with these 
documentation changes. The first message will 
concern the Pink-footed Geese documentation from earlier this year.

Stay tuned …

Thanks.

Phil


===================================================
Phil Davis, Secretary
MD/DC Records Committee
2549 Vale Court
Davidsonville, Maryland  21035     USA
301-261-0184
mailto:PDavis AT ix.netcom.com

MD/DCRC Web site:  http://www.MDBirds.org/mddcrc/rcindex.html
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Subject: Rock Creek Park, Tuesday 10/28/14
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace AT kornack.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 11:22:51 -0400
This morning (10/28) at Rock Creek Park with Bill Butler, Leon Kass and Ed 
Lyon…... 


——Maintenance Yard
Yellow-rumped Warbler  
Sharp-shinned Hawk     2
Red-bellied Woodpecker     2
Downy Woodpecker  
Blue Jay     5
American Crow     5
Carolina Chickadee     3
White-breasted Nuthatch     2
Carolina Wren     2
Golden-crowned Kinglet  
Ruby-crowned Kinglet     5
American Robin     4
Eastern Towhee     2
Song Sparrow  
White-throated Sparrow     3
Dark-eyed Junco     7
Northern Cardinal     3
American Goldfinch     2

——Dog Run
Palm Warbler  
Mourning Dove  
Red-bellied Woodpecker  
Hairy Woodpecker  
Blue Jay     2
Fish Crow  
White-breasted Nuthatch  
Brown Creeper      (Leon)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  
American Robin     8
Cedar Waxwing     3    (Leon)
Song Sparrow     6
Dark-eyed Junco     2
Northern Cardinal     4
Purple Finch  
American Goldfinch     `3

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington  DC

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Subject: Re: Pine Siskin at Druid Ridge Cemetery
From: Richard Edden <richardedden AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 08:55:09 -0400
Keiths Druid Rudge siskins were still there this morning. If you need
siskins and are lazy, go here, there is a road that follows the hemlock
edge. Just roll down the window and stop when you hear finches. There are
some goldfinches in there too, but I saw more siskins.
Richard Edden
OWINGS mills

On Sunday, October 26, 2014, Keith Eric Costley 
wrote:

> I encountered several flocks in the Hemlocks that create the northwest
> border of the cemetery. The birds did not stay in one spot very long.
>
> Keith Eric Costley
> OrioleKEC1 AT comcast.net 
> OrioleKEC1 AT gmail.com 
> Randallstown, Baltimore County
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Subject: Hart-Miller Island, 10/27/14
From: Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 21:24:04 -0400
10/27/14 – 715am-3pm

Hart-Miller Island, Baltimore Co., MD



WEATHER: Sunny/PC, 42-66 degrees, calm- ESE 7K

OBSERVERS: Kevin Graff, Bob Ringler



Canada Goose – 119

Wood Duck – 2

Gadwall – 524

*EURASIAN WIGEON – 1 (drake)

American Wigeon – 20

American Black Duck – 34

Mallard – 108

Northern Shoveler – 401

Northern Pintail – 34

Green-winged teal – 26

Ring-necked Duck – 5

Lesser Scaup – 8

*SURF SCOTER – 1 (hen)

Bufflehead – 1 (drake)

*RED-BREASTED MERGANSER – 1 (hen)

Ruddy Duck – 349

Pied-billed Grebe – 6

Double-crested Cormorant – 55

Great Blue Heron – 9

Bald Eagle – 2 (adults)

Northern Harrier – 2

Sharp-shinned Hawk – 1

Cooper’s Hawk – 1

American Coot – 38

Killdeer – 1

Lesser Yellowlegs – 6

Semipalmated Sandpiper – 1

*WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER – 2

Pectoral Sandpiper – 12

Dunlin – 1

Laughing Gull – 1

Ring-billed Gull – 35

Herring Gull – 5

Great Black-backed Gull – 58

Caspian Tern – 22

Mourning Dove – 18

Great Horned Owl – 1

Belted Kingfisher – 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker – 3

Downy Woodpecker – 2

Northern Flicker – 2

Eastern Phoebe – 2

Blue-headed Vireo – 1

*BARN SWALLOW – 1 (late)

Carolina Chickadee – 3

Brown Creeper – 4

Carolina Wren – 7

Winter Wren – 1

Marsh Wren – 2

Golden-crowned Kinglet – 7

Ruby-crowned Kinglet – 28

Hermit Thrush – 3

American Robin – 1

Gray Catbird – 1

Northern Mockingbird – 2

European Starling – 98

*AMERICAN PIPIT – 4

*LAPLAND LONGSPUR – 4

Palm Warbler – 1 (yellow)

Yellow-rumped Warbler – 6

Eastern Towhee – 2

Chipping Sparrow – 7

Field Sparrow – 4

Savannah Sparrow – 11

Song Sparrow – 187

Swamp Sparrow – 58

White-throated Sparrow – 59

*WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW – 8

“Slate-colored” Junco – 13

Northern Cardinal – 11

Red-winged Blackbird – 353

*PINE SISKIN – 23

American Goldfinch – 21

SPECIES: 73      INDIVIDUALS: 2852



MAMMALS: Red Fox – 1, Raccoon (tracks), WT Deer (tracks)



BUTTERFLIES

Cabbage White – 8

Orange Sulphur – 40

Clouded Sulphur – 2

Pearl Crescent – 9

Common Buckeye – 56

Variegated Fritillary – 9

Painted Lady – 2

Monarch – 13



DRAGONFLIES: Yellow-legged Meadowhawk – 1



MOTHS

Isabella Tiger Moth – 8 (Woolly Bear)

Yellow-collared Scape Moth – 5



BEETLES

Seven-spotted Lady Beetle – 2






      Kevin Graff

     Jarrettsville, MD

     KeyWeststyle2001 AT gmail.com

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Subject: PG Brant - yes this eve
From: jugbayjs <JugBayJS AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 18:03:31 -0700 (PDT)
Thanks for the post! I gave this bird another try this evening, and was very 
happy to find it on my 3rd scan through the cove. It was a beautiful evening 
with the fall colors and their reflection on the water. Also saw a group of 
Killdeer, and a Black-bellied Plover, and large flock of coots. 


Jeff Shenot
Croom, Md

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Subject: Quick trip to Western MD 10/27/2014
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 14:39:47 -0700 (PDT)
I finally saw a lull in the seemingly endless wind in the forecast, so I used 
some of my saved-up leave hours and headed west this morning. The recurring 
theme of the day seemed to be White-crowned Sparrows and Pine Siskins. 


My most hoped-for target was a Northern Shrike, but alas, I struck out for the 
fourth time this year. However, I got to enjoy Finzel in the off-season with no 
gale-force winds, a combination which might even be rarer than the shrike 
itself! Most of my late October-mid March trips up there are akin to birding in 
a tornado. 


Highlights:

Finzel Swamp--Garrett

Rusty Blackbird 4
Pine Siskin 26

Finzel Swamp--Allegany side

Fox Sparrow 1
White-crowned Sparrow 5
Lincoln's Sparrow 2
Pine Siskin 2

Piney Reservoir

American Black Duck 2
Hooded Merganser 2
Ruddy Duck 2
Greater Yellowlegs 2
Pectoral Sandpiper 1
Wilson's Snipe 1
White-crowned Sparrow 5

Old Legislative Road

White-crowned Sparrow 5 (main gate)
Purple Finch 4 (main gate)
Pine Siskin 1 (pulloff with wide shoulders and "no dumping" signs)

Russell Road was so uninteresting that I didn't make a checklist. TVs, crows, 
and juncos. 


Back to Finzel--Garrett side

Ruffed Grouse 1
Purple Finch 1 (flyover, calling)
Pine Siskin 19 (one noisy flock)

Back to Finzel--Allegany side

White-crowned Sparrow 1
Pine Siskin 8

Tim Carney
Canton, MD

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Subject: Birding in Lothian; large influx of kinglets and a rafter of WILD TURKEY
From: Samuel Miller <srmiller2022 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 16:41:03 -0400
Wonderful day for backyard birding. Two Red-Shouldered Hawks seemed to
coral most of the passerines to my position throughout the day. The bird
count went as followed...

RAPTORS
- Turkey Vulture (34)
- Black Vulture (4)
- Red-Shouldered Hawk (2)
- Red-Tailed Hawk
UPLAND GAME-BIRDS
- Wild Turkey (15+)
THRUSHES
- Hermit Thrush
- Wood Thrush (10+)
WOOD WARBLERS
- Ovenbird (many audible)
WRENS
- Carolina Wren (2)
- Winter Wren
SPARROWS
- Chipping Sparrow
- Dark-Eyed Junco (slate-> 17)
NUTHATCHES
- White-Breasted Nuthatch
KINGLETS
- Golden Crowned Kinglet (5)
- Ruby Crowned Kinglet (25+)
WOODPECKERS
- Downy (3)
- Hairy
- Red bellied (many audible)
- Northern Flicker
CORVIDS
- Blue Jay (30+)
- American Crow (many audible)
DOVES
- Mourning Dove (2)
CARDINALIDS
- Northern Cardinal (2)
TITMICE
- Tufted Titmouse (many audible)

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Subject: RE: OC Warbler at Cromwell
From: Tim Houghton <thoughton AT loyola.edu>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 19:55:11 +0000
Attached is the general location where I found the OCWA, directly north of the 
hawk watch, along tree-line trails at top of meadow--the white-line circle is 
the area. Great, long, close views in perfect light. Best detailed view I may 
have ever gotten of this species. I have a lengthy description in the attached 
eBird list. The short of it: this one quite gray--like the eastern OCWA in the 
Kaufman guide, except the yellow-green wash more apparent below. 


Also had 3 Lincoln's Sparrows along the new trail in field paralleling 
minebank. 


I found 8 sparrow species quickly and was excited at the prospect of maybe 
getting double digits at Cromwell, but I stayed stuck at 8. 


A number of other nice birds. Also enjoyed hanging out with Jim for awhile at 
the hawk watch. 


Some notable finds:
--Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker (1)
--Hairy Woodpecker (1)
--Brown Creeper (1)
--Winter Wren (5)
--both kinglets (lots of ruby)
--Hermit Thrush (5)
--ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER  (1)
--Lincoln's Sparrow (3)
--White-Crowned Sparrow (1)
--Purple Finch (1)

EBird: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20354242 .

When I look at this fall's migration at Cromwell, clearly it wasn't as active 
as last year's. But if it hadn't been for last year, this fall's would have 
seemed great. Last fall, there may not have been any place better in the state. 
This fall, I would still bet Cromwell was a top 5. Unlike RCP, where Wallace 
compiles everything, Cromwell is trickier to figure out. But if you added up 
the warbler species for each day as recorded by all the birders, you'd probably 
find that a number of days had low 20s for warbler species--and high teens many 
other days. Moreover, Cromwell held a number of prized migrants: e.g., 
Connecticut Warbler, Mourning Warbler, and Orange-Crowned Warbler--and others I 
can't think of at the moment. So I think it's safe to say that Cromwell is 
firmly on the fall migration map now. 


Best Birding Wishes,

Tim Houghton
(Glen Arm)

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Subject: [MDBirding] OC Warbler at Cromwell

Tim Houghton just had a orange crowned warbler at 2nd trail above hawkwatch at 
the treeline. - Kevin Graff 


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Subject: Siskin visitation!
From: Kimberlee Swift <crickettoshpiper AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 12:50:59 -0700 (PDT)
I took my lunch outside and sat under 4 large pines and 3 hemlocks. I was 
joined by 6 pine siskins and 4 golden crowned kinglets. All these posts about 
siskins and I finally had my own sighting! This was in Towson, md 

Kimberlee Swift

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Subject: Siskin visitation!
From: "Gail B. Mackiernan %3Ckatahdinss%40comcast.net%3E" <katahdinss AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 18:04:42 +0000 (UTC)
Hi -- 

After seeing 20+ Pine Siskins in Wheaton Regional Park this morning, we were 
overjoyed to have our own "home visitation." At least 8 and perhaps 10-12 Pine 
Siskins are feeding in our hemlocks as I write. They are pretty quiet while 
feeding, have heard almost no zhree notes, but many were just above eye level 
so very nice! A few goldfinches are with them. None of them are going to the 
two niger feeders, they seem happier with the natural food. No Purple Finches 
yet... 


Gail Mackiernan 
Colesville MD 


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Subject: Rock Creek Park, Monday 10/27/14
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace AT kornack.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 12:44:24 -0400
This morning (10/27) at Rock Creek Park.....

Bill spotted a rare pair of Common Raven and late Rose-breasted Grosbeak.   

----Maintenance Yard
Palm Warbler  2
Sharp-shinned Hawk      flying low in the yard
Downy Woodpecker     5
Eastern Phoebe     3
Blue Jay     4
American Crow     4
Common Raven     2     Calling as they flew overhead   (Bill)
Carolina Chickadee     7
Tufted Titmouse     3
White-breasted Nuthatch     2
Carolina Wren     4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet     5
Hermit Thrush  
American Robin     9
Eastern Towhee     6
Chipping Sparrow  
Song Sparrow     7
White-throated Sparrow     7
Dark-eyed Junco     4
Northern Cardinal     4
Purple Finch  
American Goldfinch  

-----Dog Run
Eastern Phoebe     2
Blue Jay     2
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet     2
American Robin     2
Brown Thrasher  
Eastern Towhee     3
Chipping Sparrow     3
Song Sparrow     15+
Swamp Sparrow     2
White-throated Sparrow     8
Dark-eyed Junco     3
Northern Cardinal     6
Rose-breasted Grosbeak       Colorful male seen clearly by many   (Bill)
American Goldfinch     10

Fellow Birders: Bill Butler. Judy Bromley, Kathryn Kravetz, Ed Lyon

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington  DC









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Subject: OC Warbler at Cromwell
From: keyweststyle2001 AT gmail.com
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 12:38:49 -0400




Subject: Siskins plus @ Wheaton Regional Park today
From: "Gail B. Mackiernan %3Ckatahdinss%40comcast.net%3E" <katahdinss AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 16:17:20 +0000 (UTC)
Hi all, 

Lovely autumn day, sunny, no wind, cold at first. Barry said there had been a 
large decrease in sparrows from yesterday and we had no unusual ones. Kinglets 
also were down in number. However this was made up for our FOS Pine Siskins, 
about 20 -- 12 in one flock feeding vigorously in white pine cones near Pine 
Lake dam and a fly-over flock about 8 near the white house. We also had FOS 
Purple Finches -- 1 "brownie" feeding in tulip poplar cones (again near the 
dam) and two fly-overs in Brookside Gardens. Three Red-breasted Nuthatches were 
in white pine cones near Pine Lake benches. A late Blue-headed Vireo was also 
seen. A few migrant raptors: Sharpie and two very high Red-shouldereds. Most of 
the activity was in WRP, but the Gardens held a few White-throats, a Phoebe, 
Hermit Thrush, the PUFIs and a Sapsucker. 


Gail Mackiernan and Barry Cooper 
Colesville, MD 

Birds of interest: 

Wheaton Regional Park and Brookside Gardens, Montgomery, US-MD 
Oct 27, 2014 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM 

44 species (+1 other taxa) 

Wood Duck 3 
Turkey Vulture 3 
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 
Cooper's Hawk 1 
Red-shouldered Hawk 4 2 very high 
Belted Kingfisher 1 
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1 Gardens 
Hairy Woodpecker 1 
Northern Flicker 1 
Pileated Woodpecker 1 
Eastern Phoebe 1 Gardens 
Blue-headed Vireo 1 
Blue Jay 12 
Red-breasted Nuthatch 3 in pines near Pine Lake 
Golden-crowned Kinglet 2 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 8 
Eastern Bluebird X heard only fly-overs 
Hermit Thrush 1 Gardens 
American Robin 25 estimate; most feeding in porcelain berry in WRP 
Brown Thrasher 1 heard only 
Northern Mockingbird 1 
Eastern Towhee 6 
Chipping Sparrow 45 estimate; large decline since yesterday; not a high count 
for this site 

Field Sparrow 4 
Song Sparrow 50 estimate 
Swamp Sparrow 3 
White-throated Sparrow 100 estimate 
Dark-eyed Junco 35 estimate 
Red-winged Blackbird 1 male 
Purple Finch 3 Gardens 
Pine Siskin 20 in two flocks; 12 feeding in white pine near Pine Lake dam. 
well-observed, 8 in single fly-over flock near white house 

American Goldfinch 8 

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Subject: Re: Snowy Owl captured
From: Steve Huy <grisly.remains AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 06:33:21 -0700 (PDT)
A little late but here are links to videos of the release of both of the owls:

Monocacy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LD9teTKXS54

Not named: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SIDFHESVSs

Steve Huy
Frederick, MD
www.ProjectSNOWstorm.org


On Sunday, March 16, 2014 7:22:48 AM UTC-4, Saint Vincent College wrote:
> WJZ, channel 13, reports that a Snowy Owl was captured at 
> Martin State Airport.  WJZ interviewed Dave Brinker who is associated with 
> Project Snowstorm.  I quote from the article:
> 
>  
> 
> The birds caught near 
> Martin State will be released near Frederick or Hagerstown.
> 
> Because so little is 
> known about Snowy Owls, Brinker is just grateful to get a closer glimpse at 
> these beautiful birds.
> 
> “This will never happen 
> again in our lifetime,” he said.
> 
> The Snow Owls caught 
> near Martin State Airport should be released sometime Sunday 
> afternoon.
> 
> I don’t know if Mr. Brinker would allow anyone to view 
> the release, but if someone knows him, it might be worth checking out.  
> Also, the article does not mention if the bird will become part of Project 
> Snowstorm.
> 
> Jim Wilson
> 
> Queenstown
> 
> ps:  the dawn chorus is starting to kick in ... 
> lots of Robins, Juncos, White Throats, Carolina Wrens, and even the local 
Brown 

> Thrasher.  It makes you want to forget the weather 
> forecast.

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Subject: PG Brant
From: Joe Hanfman <auk1844 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 07:41:22 -0400
The Brant is now at Wharf Rd, Accokeek. Flew around by itself and now swimming 
with the Canada Geese 


Joe Hanfman
Columbia, MD

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Subject: Re: A little late for Fox Sparrows?
From: Edward Boyd <edboyd59 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 07:06:30 -0400
Fox Sparrows just start arriving in October and don't peak on their fall
movement southbound until mid-November in the central part of Maryland.
They get pretty thin by the end of December but a few remain centrally,
especially in wet lowland thickets. They are fairly common in the southern
counties throughout the winter.

Ed Boyd
Westminster, MD

On Sun, Oct 26, 2014 at 9:55 PM, Laura Rinier  wrote:

> Hello All,
>
> I birded the "New Windsor Wetlands" today up here in Carroll County.
> Caught the usual suspects......Song, White-Throated, White-Crowned, Field
> and Swamp Sparrows.  No American Trees as of yet.  I was surprised to see a
> Fox Sparrow in the mix.  I would have overlooked him if it wasn't for his
> deep chuck call that caught my attention.
>
> Picture attached......
>
> Good Birding!
>
> Laura Rinier
> New Windsor, MD
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Subject: A little late for Fox Sparrows?
From: "'Aaron Graham' via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 04:06:12 -0700 (PDT)
Hi Laura,
 Great photos of the FOSP. I think this species is on time and should start to 
be seen widespread across the state soon. 


Good Birding,
Aaron Graham
Oakland, MD

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Subject: FOF Dark eyed Junco
From: Mary Maxey <maximom11998 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:10:03 -0700 (PDT)
Yesterday I had my first of fall Junco on my deck below the feeders. Glad they 
are back! 


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Subject: A little late for Fox Sparrows?
From: Laura Rinier <armytech021 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 18:55:34 -0700 (PDT)
Hello All,

I birded the "New Windsor Wetlands" today up here in Carroll County. Caught the 
usual suspects......Song, White-Throated, White-Crowned, Field and Swamp 
Sparrows. No American Trees as of yet. I was surprised to see a Fox Sparrow in 
the mix. I would have overlooked him if it wasn't for his deep chuck call that 
caught my attention. 


Picture attached......

Good Birding!

Laura Rinier
New Windsor, MD

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Subject: Ring-necked Ducks at Swains Lock C&O Canal
From: Lucy Uncu <unculp AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 20:12:45 -0400
we had 4 female Ring-necked Ducks today on the Potomac near Swains.
Lucy Uncu
Falls Church, VA

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Subject: Re: Pine Siskin at Druid Ridge Cemetery
From: Thomas Harten <tjharten1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:36:33 -0400
There was a flock of 30 or so pine siskins today at Windsor Field, the
baseball field about a mile east of the Jug Bay Wetland Sanctuary in A.A.
County.  The birds were frequenting the hemlocks near the field.

Tom Harten
Owings, MD

On Sunday, October 26, 2014, Keith Eric Costley 
wrote:

> I encountered several flocks in the Hemlocks that create the northwest
> border of the cemetery. The birds did not stay in one spot very long.
>
> Keith Eric Costley
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Subject: Belated report for Friday 10/24 C&O Canal Swains Lock/Pennyfield Lock
From: Lucy Uncu <unculp AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:14:56 -0400
We had a female Common Merganser at Swain's Lock and a Mute Swan at
Pennyfield along with lots of Canada Geese.
Lucy Uncu
Falls Church

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Subject: Re: Wheaton Regional Park and Brookside Gardens today
From: Evelyn Ralston <evelynsr AT verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 13:49:46 -0400
Dear Gail & all,

I was at WRP yesterday, Saturday, and saw nearly the same birds as Barry did 
today, with the following differences: I missed the Lincoln, Field, and Swamp, 
but found 3 Golden-crowned Kinglets, one Brown Thrasher, and 2 adult Red 
Shouldered Hawks perched on the usual high snags. I was also surprised to see a 
Raccoon grooming himself quite high in a large tree. I'm used to see them at 
ground level. There were many birds but no birders... 


Evelyn

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> On Oct 26, 2014, at 12:37, "Gail B. Mackiernan 
%3Ckatahdinss%40comcast.net%3E"  wrote: 

> 
> 
> Hi all, 
> 
> I was at a dog show but Barry birded Brookside Gardens and WRP this morning. 
In the Gardens, the only bird of real interest was a Red-breasted Nuthatch. The 
Park had a large number of sparrows of 7 species, including a Lincoln's. Many 
remained unidentified -- as soon as it got windy at 10 AM, they all 
disappeared. A late Catbird was also of interest. 

> 
> Gail Mackiernan
> Colesville, MD
> 
> Here are his "birds of interest"
> 8 Ruby-crowned Kinglets
> 25 Am. Robins
> 15 Bluebirds (fly-overs)
> 1 Grey Catbird
> 1 Red-breasted Nuthatch
> 120+ Chipping Sparrows
> 60 Song Sparrows
> 35 Juncos
> 35 White-throated Sparrows
> 1 Lincoln’s Sparrow
> 1 Swamp Sparrow
> 1 Field Sparrow
> 
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Subject: Pine Siskin at Druid Ridge Cemetery
From: Keith Eric Costley <oriolekec1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 13:48:01 -0400
I encountered several flocks in the Hemlocks that create the northwest border 
of the cemetery. The birds did not stay in one spot very long. 


Keith Eric Costley
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OrioleKEC1 AT gmail.com
Randallstown, Baltimore County

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Subject: Fort Smallwood (10/26)
From: "'Bill Hubick' via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 10:39:25 -0700
Hi Everyone,

My two young daughters and I enjoyed a nice walk around Fort Smallwood Park in 
Anne Arundel Co. this morning (10/26). The highlight was a BLUE-HEADED VIREO 
foraging in the scrubby area along the beach and near the hawk watch. It was my 
latest here in Anne Arundel Co. by a couple weeks, and the first I've ever 
encountered foraging in that sort of scrubby habitat along the Bay. A drake 
Ring-necked Duck was on the pond. Winter passerine arrivals included Winter 
Wren, Brown Creeper, both kinglets, and Dark-eyed Juncos. A couple PINE SISKINs 
were active and calling near the gate on our way out. 


Full eBird report:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20340430


Good birding!

Bill
 
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Subject: Wheaton Regional Park and Brookside Gardens today
From: "Gail B. Mackiernan %3Ckatahdinss%40comcast.net%3E" <katahdinss AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 16:37:13 +0000 (UTC)
Hi all, 

I was at a dog show but Barry birded Brookside Gardens and WRP this morning. In 
the Gardens, the only bird of real interest was a Red-breasted Nuthatch. The 
Park had a large number of sparrows of 7 species, including a Lincoln's. Many 
remained unidentified -- as soon as it got windy at 10 AM, they all 
disappeared. A late Catbird was also of interest. 


Gail Mackiernan 
Colesville, MD 

Here are his "birds of interest" 



8 Ruby-crowned Kinglets 
25 Am. Robins 
15 Bluebirds (fly-overs) 
1 Grey Catbird 





1 Red-breasted Nuthatch 
120+ Chipping Sparrows 
60 Song Sparrows 
35 Juncos 
35 White-throated Sparrows 
1 Lincoln’s Sparrow 
1 Swamp Sparrow 
1 Field Sparrow 





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Subject: Merlin over Kensington
From: "Gail B. Mackiernan %3Ckatahdinss%40comcast.net%3E" <katahdinss AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 16:29:29 +0000 (UTC)
Hi -- 

I was driving back from a dog show in VA, and as I exited the Beltway at 
Connecticut Avenue, I noticed all the pigeons and starlings (at the overpass) 
going up. Luckily I was stopped at a red light, so I could look above them and 
see a Merlin making a pass at a pigeon. It missed and then headed up 
Connecticut -- I tried to catch up and even at 45 mph, the Merlin left me in 
the dust. This is flying directly into the northerly wind, as well. He must 
have kicked in those little afterburners they all have under their wings...! 


Gail Mackiernan 
Colesville, MD 

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Subject: belated reports for 10/23/14
From: Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 12:04:26 -0400
10/23/14 – 650am-830am

Hanlon Park, Baltimore, MD



American Black Duck – 1

Mallard – 2

Surf Scoter – 4 (drakes, took flight at my arrival)

Ruddy Duck – 9

Sharp-shinned Hawk – 1

Merlin – 1

American Coot – 2

Ring-billed Gull – 20

Rock Pigeon – 1

Mourning Dove – 1

Northern Flicker – 1

Eastern Phoebe – 1

American Crow – 2

Fish Crow – 6

Ruby-crowned Kinglet – 1

American Robin – 2

Northern Mockingbird – 1

European Starling – 44

Palm Warbler – 6 (5 yellow, 1 western)

Chipping Sparrow – 2

Song Sparrow – 4

Swamp Sparrow – 3

White-throated Sparrow – 2

Northern Cardinal – 1

Red-winged Blackbird – 3

American Goldfinch – 3

House Sparrow – 3

SPECIES: 27




10/23/14 – 840am-855am

Druid Hill Park—Druid Lake, Baltimore, MD



Mallard – 2

Ruddy Duck – 64

Pied-billed Grebe – 6

Turkey Vulture – 2

Cooper’s Hawk – 1

American Coot – 2

Ring-billed Gull – 22

Herring Gull – 3

Mourning Dove – 1

Blue Jay – 1

American Crow – 1

Fish Crow – 2

American Robin – 2

Northern Mockingbird – 1

European Starling – 4

Palm Warbler – 1 (yellow)

Song Sparrow – 5

Swamp Sparrow – 1

Northern Cardinal – 1

Red-winged Blackbird – 1

American Goldfinch – 1

SPECIES: 21



Along I-83, S of Warren Road, one raven flyover E toward quarry.




10/23/14 – 925am-1105am

Loch Raven Reservoir—Paper Mill Flats, Baltimore Co., MD



Canada Goose – 186

American Black Duck – 8

Green-winged Teal – 6

Double-crested Cormorant – 4

Great Blue Heron – 4

Black Vulture – 2

Turkey Vulture – 3

Killdeer – 2

Spotted Sandpiper – 1 (late)

Lesser Yellowlegs – 5

Belted Kingfisher – 2

Red-bellied Woodpecker – 2

Downy Woodpecker – 2

Eastern Phoebe – 2

Blue Jay – 4

American Crow – 5

Carolina Chickadee – 2

Carolina Wren – 2

Ruby-crowned Kinglet – 3

Hermit Thrush – 1

American Robin – 1 (flyover)

Palm Warbler – 2 (western)

Yellow-rumped Warbler – 3

Eastern Towhee – 2

Song Sparrow – 3

Swamp Sparrow – 1

White-throated Sparrow – 14

Northern Cardinal – 4

Red-winged Blackbird – 3

American Goldfinch – 11

SPECIES: 30



     Kevin Graff

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Subject: Re: Wharf Rd PG County Brant
From: jugbayjs <JugBayJS AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 09:01:53 -0700 (PDT)
Gone. Crap, I can't believe I missed seeing this mega bird for PG Co.! Wish it 
was still here, but I checked all 3 locations (Wharf Rd, Piscataway Cr, and 
Colonial Farm), and each one had a small flock of geese (29, 47, 52), but no 
large flock was found anywhere. I looked very carefully using a scope at every 
goose, as well as the entire vicinity around them and it was gone. 


Jeff Shenot
Croom Md

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Subject: Rock Creek Park, Sunday 10/26/14
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace AT kornack.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 11:18:32 -0400
This morning (10/26) at Rock Creek Park.....

Best Birds:  Lincoln's Sparrow and White-crowned Sparrow.

-----Maintenance Yard
Palm Warbler  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler  
Red-bellied Woodpecker  
Blue-headed Vireo     2
Blue Jay     2
American Crow     4
Carolina Chickadee     4
White-breasted Nuthatch     2   heard
Winter Wren      (Michael) 
Carolina Wren     2
Golden-crowned Kinglet  
Ruby-crowned Kinglet     6
Hermit Thrush     2     heard
Wood Thrush  
American Robin     5
Chipping Sparrow     7
Field Sparrow      (Greg)
Song Sparrow     6
Swamp Sparrow  
White-throated Sparrow     10
White-crowned Sparrow      (Greg)
Dark-eyed Junco     4
Northern Cardinal     4
Rose-breasted Grosbeak     (Devon)
Brown-headed Cowbird  
House Finch     20
Purple Finch     9     (Greg)
American Goldfinch  

-----Dog Run
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker     2
Downy Woodpecker     2
Eastern Phoebe     2
Eastern Kingbird     (Michael)
Blue-headed Vireo  
Blue Jay     2
Carolina Wren  
Ruby-crowned Kinglet     2
Wood Thrush      (Michael)
Eastern Towhee  
Chipping Sparrow     5+
Field Sparrow      (Greg)
Song Sparrow     8+
Lincoln's Sparrow     (Greg)
White-throated Sparrow     20+
Dark-eyed Junco     3
Northern Cardinal     4
American Goldfinch     3

Fellow Birders: Greg Gough. Michael Redmond, Marjorie Rachlin, Devon 
Hochhauser, Tully Hochhauser 


Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington  DC

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Subject: Re: Wharf Rd PG County Brant
From: Thomas Ostrowski <skinz242000 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 05:56:06 -0700 (PDT)
The Brant found yesterday by Mark was relocated this morning. Seen with a large 
group of Canada geese just to the left of the large white building. 


Thomas Ostrowski
Greenbelt, Md

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Subject: red-necked grebes @ Violettes
From: Dave Roberts <droberts50 AT verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 05:41:54 -0700 (PDT)
5 here now
They must have enjoyed the menu last winter

Dave Roberts
Bethesda

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Subject: Re: Merlin v. Bat (sp.)
From: kmlathroum AT verizon.net
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 06:17:14 -0500 (CDT)
 Sounds like a red bat, I have seen them flying in the daylight hours before

 

On 10/25/14, Thomas Harten wrote:


I was at my son's baseball practice, a mile or so east of the Jug Bay Wetland 
Sanctuary in A.A County when I had the opportunity to watch a merlin attempt to 
make a meal of some type of bat. The chase went on for what seemed to be about 
a minute. I never saw the outcome, but the last view I had was of the merlin 
flying away above the treetops. 



The encounter took place around 11:30 this morning on a crystal clear day, so 
I'm not sure what the bat was doing out at this hour. The bat appeared 
extremely pale brown with almost a reddish color to it. 



I felt lucky to watch the encounter (not sure the bat felt the same way)!


Tom Harten
Owings, MD 
 


 
 
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Subject: Rock Creek Park, Saturday 10/25/14
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace AT kornack.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 22:36:04 -0400
This morning (10/25) at Rock Creek Park with Greg Gough, Chip Chipley, Judy 
Bromley, and Susan Volman...... 


The best bird of the day was the Pine Siskin--15 were seen grouped high in a 
tree and 4 seen flying over. There were many Blue-headed Vireos, Hermit 
Thrushes and Purple Finches. 


Sorry for the late report.

----Maintenance Yard
Palm Warbler     9     (Greg)
Yellow-rumped Warbler     4    (Greg)
Sharp-shinned Hawk     flyby
Red-shouldered Hawk     heard
Mourning Dove  
Red-bellied Woodpecker  
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  
Downy Woodpecker     2
Pileated Woodpecker  
Eastern Phoebe     2
Blue-headed Vireo     9
Blue Jay     2
American Crow     4
Tufted Titmouse  
White-breasted Nuthatch  
Winter Wren     4
Carolina Wren  
Golden-crowned Kinglet     5
Ruby-crowned Kinglet     20+
Hermit Thrush     8       AT  several locations       (Greg)
American Robin     2  
European Starling  
Cedar Waxwing  
Eastern Towhee     10     including 5 at fence line
Chipping Sparrow     30+
Field Sparrow       Judy and Susan
Song Sparrow     5
Swamp Sparrow  
White-throated Sparrow    45+
Dark-eyed Junco     26     including 10 in yard parking lot
Northern Cardinal     3
Common Grackle     2
House Finch     5
Purple Finch     7
Pine Siskin     19   (Greg)

------Dog Run  (report by Greg)
Yellow-rumped Warbler  
Eastern Phoebe  
Field Sparrow  
Song Sparrow     many
Swamp Sparrow     2
White-throated Sparrow    many
Red-winged Blackbird     4
Purple Finch     2
American Goldfinch     6

----Ridge  (Greg only)
Eastern Phoebe
Golden-crowned Kinglet

Have Fun Birding!

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Subject: Parasitic Jaeger at OC Inlet
From: Fred Shaffer <glaucousgull AT verizon.net>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 18:13:58 -0700
I birded a variety of spots on the Eastern Shore today and the highlight was a 
Parasitic Jaeger at Ocean City inlet during the early afternoon. I saw the bird 
flying north to south over the ocean. The bird was flying low, fast, and direct 
over the water. I got decent views of the overall falcon-like shape, somewhat 
streamlined body, overall brownish gray body (with some white on the belly), 
and white wing flashes above and below. The bird was in view for a minute or so 
before disappearing to the south. 


Other highlights during the day included a White-crowned Sparrow at Sunset 
Park, the Clay-colored Sparrow at Assateague State Park (found by Mark, Mike, 
and others), and two Stilt Sandpipers (found by Jim Moore) at the first 
observation platform at Pickering Creek. Also of note were several Pine Siskins 
at Assateague and a nice assortment of waterfowl at Pickering Creek. Good 
birding, 


Fred Shaffer
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Crofton, Anne Arundel

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Subject: Loch Raven Reservoir, 10/25/14
From: Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 20:58:16 -0400
10/25/14 – 7am-730am

Loch Raven Reservoir--#2 bridge, Baltimore Co., MD



WEATHER: Sunny, 46 degrees, calm



Canada Goose – 32

American Wigeon – 6

Ring-necked Duck – 5

Pied-billed Grebe – 2

Double-crested Cormorant – 8

Bald Eagle – 1

Ring-billed Gull – 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker – 1

Blue Jay – 2

American Crow – 3

Tufted Titmouse – 2

Eastern Bluebird – 1

European Starling – 3

Yellow-rumped Warbler – 1

Song Sparrow – 2 (west side of the bridge)

White-throated Sparrow – 2 (west side of the bridge)

“Slate-colored” Junco – 3 (west side of the bridge)

American Goldfinch – 4

SPECIES: 18      INDIVIDUALS: 79



10/25/14 – 745am-1130am     (Joy Wheeler Memorial Walk)

Loch Raven Reservoir—Northampton Furnace Trail, Baltimore Co., MD



WEATHER: Sunny/Fair, 46-65 degrees, calm- W 6 mph

OBSERVERS: 10



Canada Goose – 63

American Wigeon – 3

Mallard – 18

Ring-necked Duck – 56

Hooded Merganser – 2

Ruddy Duck – 1

Pied-billed Grebe – 6

Double-crested Cormorant – 1

Black Vulture – 6

Turkey Vulture – 7

Osprey – 1

Sharp-shinned Hawk – 1

Red-shouldered Hawk – 2

Red-tailed Hawk – 2

American Coot – 5

American Woodcock – 1

Ring-billed Gull – 1

Mourning Dove – 2

Belted Kingfisher – 2

Red-bellied Woodpecker – 6

Downy Woodpecker – 3

Northern Flicker – 7

Pileated Woodpecker – 2

Eastern Phoebe – 1

Blue Jay – 35

American Crow – 26

Fish Crow – 23 (Noisy flock flyby WNW)

Carolina Chickadee – 22

Tufted Titmouse – 8

White-breasted Nuthatch – 6

Brown Creeper – 3

Carolina Wren – 3

House Wren – 1

Winter Wren – 3

Golden-crowned Kinglet – 3

Ruby-crowned Kinglet – 14

Eastern Bluebird – 5

Hermit Thrush – 13

American Robin – 162

European Starling – 3

Cedar Waxwing – 24

Palm Warbler – 1 (yellow)

Eastern Towhee – 7

Chipping Sparrow – 1

Fox Sparrow – 1

Song Sparrow – 3

White-throated Sparrow – 76

“Slate-colored” Junco – 9

Northern Cardinal – 6

Red-winged Blackbird – 2

Rusty Blackbird – 3

Purple Finch – 3

House Finch – 4

Pine Siskin – 1

American Goldfinch – 10

SPECIES: 55      INDIVIDUALS: 680



MAMMALS: Gray Squirrel – 18



BUTTERFLIES: Monarch – 1



     Kevin Graff

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Subject: Clay-colored Sparrow, Assateague SP
From: Michael Ostrowski <birdmath AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 19:29:45 -0400
Hi all,
    For today's Sage Thrasher Hunt I covered the northern portion of
Assateague SP. The highlight was a Clay-colored Sparrow along the path
leading to the blind near the end of Shell Road. The bird was associating
with a flock of juncos and a few other sparrows. Other highlights were
several White-crowned Sparrows and an Oranged-crowned Warbler.

Mike Ostrowski
Derwood, Md

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Subject: Greenbelt American Avocets are gone
From: Rob Hilton <rob.hilton.2010 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 19:24:33 -0400
Sorry, that should have been Greenbelt in my original message, not
Beltsville.

Rob Hilton
Takoma Park

On Sat, Oct 25, 2014 at 2:24 PM, Rob Hilton 
wrote:

> I was there an hour ago and failed to see them.  The birds were there for
> over two weeks, so it was time for them to go, I guess.
>
> Rob Hilton
> Silver Spring, MD
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Subject: Siskins in Montgomery County
From: "Tom Stock" <altomomatic AT verizon.net>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 16:42:47 -0400
While hiking along Northwest Branch today in Montgomery County, had a large 
flock (20-25) of Pine Siskins a mile or so upstream from Colesville Road. They 
were quite noisy. 


Tom Stock
Silver Spring MD

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Subject: Sunset Park, OC, MD
From: Suzanne Richman <suzanne_richman AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 16:27:19 -0400
I was surprised to find a plethora of monarchs (around 40 or so in an hour's 
time) and several birds I wasn't expecting to see in Ocean City: ruby-crowned 
and golden-crowned kinglet, a (possible hermit) thrush, junco, songbird, robin, 
many sparrows zooming by that I couldn't get id'd in time. Definitely worth a 
trip if you are in the area. 


This park is in the most southwest part of OC.

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Subject: Beltsville American Avocets are gone
From: Rob Hilton <rob.hilton.2010 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 14:24:59 -0400
I was there an hour ago and failed to see them.  The birds were there for
over two weeks, so it was time for them to go, I guess.

Rob Hilton
Silver Spring, MD

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Subject: Merlin v. Bat (sp.)
From: Thomas Harten <tjharten1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 13:25:22 -0400
I was at my son's baseball practice, a mile or so east of the Jug Bay
Wetland Sanctuary in A.A County when I had the opportunity to watch a
merlin attempt to make a meal of some type of bat.  The chase went on for
what seemed to be about a minute.  I never saw the outcome, but the last
view I had was of the merlin flying away above the treetops.

The encounter took place around 11:30 this morning on a crystal clear day,
so I'm not sure what the bat was doing out at this hour.  The bat appeared
extremely pale brown with almost a reddish color to it.

I felt lucky to watch the encounter (not sure the bat felt the same way)!

Tom Harten
Owings, MD

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Subject: Golden eagle over fort Reno DC
From: Frank Gmail <a.f.a.hawkins AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 12:30:37 -0400
At 12.25.  Subadult 

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Subject: Wharf Rd PG County Brant
From: Mark Rositol <mrositol510 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 07:55:59 -0700 (PDT)
About half way out looking towards the right slightly. A dark water patch. 

Mark Rositol
Fort Washington, MD

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Subject: Nice flight occuring
From: Hugh McGuinness <hdmcguinness AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 09:09:17 -0400
I didn't get out into my yard until after 8am, but there was a nice, slow,
steady trickle of migrants heading southwest here in American University
Park. Highlights included 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, 1 imm Tennessee
Warbler, 4 Purple Fnches, 1 PINE SISKIN & 5 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS.

Hugh

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Subject: Non-local topic: ABA "Counting Rules" changes
From: Phil Davis <pdavis AT ix.netcom.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 04:32:12 -0400
Hi MDBirders:

This is a one-time posting of a non-local topic ...

Many members of this group are also American Birding Association 
(ABA) members. The ABA just issued some changes to their "counting" 
rules for those of us that play the list ing "game" ...

I won't repeat the exact rule changes, but some summary highlights 
include the following:

o You can now count exotic species from populations that you observed 
earlier but were later extirpated and removed from the ABA checklist. 
So, if you saw them  during their time, you can now count the famous 
Vancouver Crested Mynas (yea!) even though they are now long-gone. 
(Presumedly this also applies to the long-gone Louisiana Black 
Francolins.) This rule may also come into play in the future as (if?) 
some of the Florida exotics die out (Spot-breasted Oriole, Budgie, 
Red-whiskered Bulbul, etc.)

o The ABA changed their native reintroduced species (NRI) rule so 
that you can now count extirpated species that have been 
reintroduced, such as California Condor and Aplomado Falcon, once 
they again start hatching in the wild.

o They changed a rule that codifies the old bird tour adage, "Did you 
see that bird well enough for me to count it?" The answer can now be, "Yes."

o Several changes were made that deal with exactly how you can count 
released banded and rehabilitated birds.

o You can now also ("legally") count recorded birds, such as during 
night flight observations, as long as you were present when the 
recording was made.

o The ABA Recording Standards and Ethics Committee is currently 
wrestling with the challenge of counting exotics that are newly added 
to the ABA Checklist (for example, Rosy-faced Lovebirds) and the 
committee will report soon.

The current report and full rules details are here ...

 
http://blog.aba.org/2014/10/news-from-the-aba-reording-standards-and-ethics-committee-supplemental.html 


Excuse me, but I'm now off to the Grand Canyon to find and count the 
California Condors that I missed in the California Santa Ynez 
Mountains in 1988 ...

Since this is a non-local topic, it is probably be best to not reply 
to the group ...

Enjoy!

Phil

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Subject: Patuxent River Park (PG) Vesper Sparrow
From: jugbayjs <JugBayJS AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:32:04 -0700 (PDT)
This evening I went back out for an hour, to look for sparrows or an 
Orange-crowned Warbler at Selby's Landing area of Patuxent River Park. There 
was a large group of Boy Scouts but they seemed to be mostly occupied with 
putting up their tents and thankfully were relatively quiet. 


I found a nice mix of field birds including sparrows and pipits, but the 
overall number of birds present was pretty low compared to where I was birding 
at Milltown in the morning. Seems the big haul of birds from last nights NW 
winds was not located here either! 


I was very excited to find a Vesper Sparrow; easily the best bird of the day. 
They can probably be located somewhere along the Patuxent in southern PG County 
annually (by someone with a lot of time to look for them!), but there are very 
few and I am always surprised and happy if I find one ... it made my day! 


Cheers-
Jeff Shenot
Croom MD.

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Subject: purple finches
From: jfstup <jfstup38 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:32:34 -0700 (PDT)
seem to be having a good fall for purple finches. am seeing them both at my 
house near damascus and at Little Bennett. 


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Subject: RE: Irvine Nature Center
From: Tim Houghton <thoughton AT loyola.edu>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:36:39 +0000
Thanks, Kevin, for posting.

A fun time at Irvine Nature Center this morning and early afternoon. Two nice 
warblers and 10 sparrow species, plus other nice birds. 


Best stuff:

--ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER (1, east side, small farthest north field, other side 
of marsh) 

--Nashville Warbler (1, parking lot)
--FOX SPARROW (1, the brush near camping area, a usual spot)
--White-Crowned Sparrow (6 immatures)
--Lincoln's Sparrow (1)
--Northern Harrier (1)
--Blue-Headed Vireo (1)
--Winter Wren (1)
--Hermit Thrush (2)
--Purple Finch (6 female/immature)
--both kinglets
--10 sparrow species

EBird: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20324558 .

Best Birding Wishes,

Tim Houghton
(Glen Arm)

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Tim Houghton just had a orange crowned warbler nashville warbler and fox 
sparrow at Irvine. - Kevin Graff. 


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Subject: Milltown Landing - possible Clay-colored
From: jugbayjs <JugBayJS AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:48:56 -0700 (PDT)
I stayed near home and went to Milltown to look for sparrows and an 
Orange-crowned this morning. It held "a few" sparrows (only 7 spp.) but was not 
as birdy as hoped for. I thought the NW winds would have been more productive 
last night, and they may have been, but if so the birds dropped elsewhere. 
Birds did not seem to be conspicuously abundant here, and this was confirmed 
when I saw Frode's report from Jug Bay (AA Co.) and he definitely was into them 
there, so it was a good morning to be out. 


I found what I think was a hatch-year (im.) Clay-colored Sparrow. It was in one 
of the fields near the parking area, along with about 35 other sparrows, all 
feeding relatively cautiously. They all seemed quite jumpy to me, as if someone 
or something had spooked them recently. 


It was one of the last birds to get up as I walked the field edge, and came out 
of thick cover and perched briefly (about 5 seconds) before taking off. I wish 
I could have had a longer look, that just wasn't enough for me to be 
comfortable with reporting it as CCSP for sure. 


First impression in flight was a Chippie, but that went away quickly when it 
perched. It landed facing directly away from me, and right away I saw it had a 
pale nape that was more light brown than gray; a brown and gray streaky head 
but I did not notice any white on it; and for me the best mark was a good look 
at its rump, which was not gray and the brown did not contrast with the rest of 
its brown back. This should be enough for an id, and was pretty convincing, but 
as soon as it began turning toward me it flushed, kind of all in the same 
motion. I never saw whether it had a plain or streaked belly, and never got a 
good look at its supercilium or eyeline. And I have no picture. 


I tried to relocate it but it got lost in the dense weeds and did not come back 
up, despite my attempts to pish it, and request to the bird gods to let me have 
one more look! Oh well. 


Jeff Shenot
Croom Md

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Subject: Black-Billed Cuckoo at Cromwell Valley Park- Blue Trail
From: Kimberlee Swift <crickettoshpiper AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:30:41 -0700 (PDT)
Great shot of the Lincoln's and BHVI!! 

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Subject: Orange-crowned Warbler + Sparrows at Patterson Park Baltimore
From: Jared Fisher <Jared.Fisher AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:27:36 -0400
Excuse the brief message. Birded patterson from 7:30 to 8:45. Early on I
had a (the?) Orange-crowned Warbler respond to emphatic pishing down by the
boardwalk. The park was also loaded with sparrows (300+) In order by
numbers: White-throated, Chipping, Song, Junco, Field, White-crowned,
Lincoln's. Wouldn't be surprised if another Clay-colored went unnoticed.


Jared Fisher
Bethesda, MD

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Subject: Irvine Nature Center
From: keyweststyle2001 AT gmail.com
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:15:41 -0400