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Lecontes Thrasher,©Dan Lane

13 Feb Horned larks. Baltimore co ["'espijc' via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
13 Feb Off-topic: Birding Ecotours [Georgia McDonald ]
13 Feb Off topic: Birding Ecotours [Georgia McDonald ]
13 Feb Re: Emerald Toucanet in Montgomery County -- Not! [Jim Nelson ]
13 Feb Emerald Toucanet in Montgomery County -- Not! [Howard Wu ]
13 Feb Re: Re: Birding at Dover DE, Air Force Base [Michael Moore ]
13 Feb Re: Baltimore Oriole - Howard County ["Michael O'Sullivan" ]
12 Feb Re: Re: Birding at Dover DE, Air Force Base ["Dave Mitchell (Howard County)" ]
12 Feb Re: Cambridge ducks ["Dave Mitchell (Howard County)" ]
12 Feb Cambridge ducks [Patricia Valdata ]
12 Feb Re: Re: Birding at Dover DE, Air Force Base [Bob Ringler ]
12 Feb Baltimore Oriole - Howard County [Allen Lewis ]
12 Feb Re: Birding at Dover DE, Air Force Base ["Dave Mitchell (Howard County)" ]
12 Feb Re: Ho Co (American Trees and Pine Siskin) []
12 Feb Red-bellied Woodpecker - Scaggsville ["Dave Mitchell (Howard County)" ]
12 Feb Garrett Co Lapland Longspur [Jim Green ]
12 Feb Birding at Dover DE, Air Force Base ["'Elda Banks' via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
11 Feb RE: Ho Co (American Trees and Pine Siskin) ["George Jett" ]
11 Feb Ho Co (American Trees and Pine Siskin) ["Bonnie Ott" ]
11 Feb Re: Action: Patuxent Research Refuge Threatened AGAIN []
11 Feb Action: Patuxent Research Refuge Threatened AGAIN []
10 Feb Book on Birding ["Winger and June West" ]
10 Feb Re: Migrations map [JimC ]
10 Feb Re: OT: Eagles trained to deal with drones [Nick Lund ]
10 Feb Re: OT: Eagles trained to deal with drones ["Steve Long" ]
9 Feb OT: Eagles trained to deal with drones [Kurt Schwarz ]
9 Feb PEREGRINE, PURPLE FINCH, Fairland Regional Park (PG) ["Derek C. Richardson" ]
9 Feb Great Backyard Bird Count this weekend [Zach Slavin ]
9 Feb Lark Sparrow - historically a MD breeder [JAMES SPEICHER ]
9 Feb Fwd: DC Area, 2/9/2016 [Lydia Schindler ]
09 Feb Birds of Note This AM ["George Jett" ]
9 Feb Mon. 2/8 Lark Sparrow YES 1:15-2:15 [Janbraumuller ]
9 Feb Poplar Island 2/8/2016 [Tim Carney ]
9 Feb Howard County Bird Club Meeting [Allen Lewis ]
9 Feb Re: C&O Canal conditions for Canal Count [scott bates ]
8 Feb Large Goose flock in Baldwin, Baltimore County [Matt Hafner ]
8 Feb Prince Georges Co [Joe Wolf ]
8 Feb Hart-Miller Island, 02/08/16 [Kevin Graff ]
8 Feb Prince Georges Co [Kevin Graff ]
8 Feb Lark Sparrow=YES! ["'diane Ford' via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
8 Feb Reports on Lark Sparrow please [Art Drauglis ]
8 Feb FredCo Shrike [Kurt Schwarz ]
8 Feb Migrations map ["thbeal via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
08 Feb Robins [pvaldata1 ]
8 Feb Reports on Lark Sparrow please [Janbraumuller ]
8 Feb Extralimital but fascinating: Black Kites and Fire ["'jovet' via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
7 Feb Lark Sparrow continues [Schwaab ]
7 Feb Lark Sparrow continues [Howard Wu ]
7 Feb Lark Sparrow continues [Schwaab ]
7 Feb Loggerhead Shrike [Jeffrey Culler ]
7 Feb Lark Sparrow continues [Lisa Shannon ]
7 Feb Fox Sparrow at feeder [Gail Mackiernan ]
6 Feb Blackwater NWR: Many White Pelicans [Donald Sweig ]
06 Feb C&O Canal Count MM 34-37 report, possible Ross's Goose 2/6/16 ["Jim Nelson" ]
6 Feb Re: Red-Shouldered Hawk, and Junco ["Dave Mitchell (Howard County)" ]
6 Feb Red-Shouldered Hawk, and Junco ["Dave Mitchell (Howard County)" ]
6 Feb Re: Lark Sparrow - yes! [cube182764 ]
6 Feb Frederick Co Shrike [Michael Welch ]
5 Feb Re: C&O Canal conditions for Canal Count [JAMES SPEICHER ]
5 Feb Swan Creek 2/5/2016 [Tim Carney ]
05 Feb No Ross's Goose or Lapland Longspurs at Mont. Co. locations 2/5/16 ["Jim Nelson" ]
05 Feb C&O Canal conditions for Canal Count ["Jim Nelson" ]
5 Feb Lark Sparrow - yes! [Patricia Wood ]
5 Feb Lark Sparrow-No. Hughes Rd. ["'diane Ford' via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
5 Feb [FR] Feeder Birds - Cowbirds & House Finches as exotics...!!! [JAMES SPEICHER ]
5 Feb Re: Shrike/Frederick Co [MICHAEL KERWIN Ellicott City Md ]
5 Feb Swan Harbor ducks (Harford Co.) [Mark Johnson ]
5 Feb Re: Lark Sparrow: Report Please ( seen or not) [Patricia Wood ]
05 Feb Toxostoma rufum Today in Lothian ["George Jett" ]
5 Feb Snow Bunting, Shriver Rd, Frederick Co. [Sharon F1727 ]
5 Feb Shrike/Frederick Co [Sharon F1727 ]
5 Feb Swans in Greensboro [Jerald R ]
5 Feb Re: Conowingo Dam Iceland Gull-yes (Harford Co.) [Gene Scarpulla ]
5 Feb Re: Brown Pelican--Baltimore City ["jcdlmartin via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
05 Feb Re: Brown Pelican--Baltimore City []
5 Feb Shrike/Frederick Co [Kye jenkins ]

Subject: Horned larks. Baltimore co
From: "'espijc' via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Feb 2016 16:53:38 GMT




Subject: Off-topic: Birding Ecotours
From: Georgia McDonald <gmcdonald2006 AT verizon.net>
Date: Sat, 13 Feb 2016 11:37:18 -0500
Scrounging around on the internet and came up with the company "Birding 
Ecotours".  Any of you foreign travelers have any knowledge and/or 
experience with this company?

Thanks-----

Georgia McDonald       Towson, Balt Co

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Subject: Off topic: Birding Ecotours
From: Georgia McDonald <gmcdonald2006 AT verizon.net>
Date: Sat, 13 Feb 2016 11:29:30 -0500
Hi All---

Scrounging around on the internet for travel companies & found Birding 
Ecotours.  Does anyone on the list have any knowledge and/or experience 
with this company?

Thanks---

Georgia McDonald    Towson, Balt Co

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Subject: Re: Emerald Toucanet in Montgomery County -- Not!
From: Jim Nelson <kingfishers2 AT verizon.net>
Date: Sat, 13 Feb 2016 10:18:41 -0600 (CST)




Subject: Emerald Toucanet in Montgomery County -- Not!
From: Howard Wu <howiewu1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Feb 2016 07:33:55 -0800 (PST)
Hi,

Like many of you, I frequently check eBird reports to see recent sightings, 
partly to prepare my next trip if there are some exciting rare birds showing 
up. 


I was very surprised to see a sighting of "Emerald Toucanet" in Montgomery 
County this morning. To my amazement, it has a photo -- of a stuffed toy bird 
-- attached! 


I think I am more amused than upset. However, I do wish people who use eBird 
take it more seriously. People like myself use it for various purposes, and I 
believe researchers use it for scientific studies as well. It is a database of 
observations, and as such, any false data will pollute its validity. 
Thankfully, there is a review process which ensures data integrity. 


Anyway, I do not wish to stir up any controversy or anything, just offering my 
observation about an "observation". 


Have a nice day!

Howard Wu
Herndon, VA

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Subject: Re: Re: Birding at Dover DE, Air Force Base
From: Michael Moore <mcmoore32 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Feb 2016 06:50:48 -0800 (PST)
Just to be clear about the rules at the Dover Airforce Base (in Delaware). You 
can scan the runways through the chain link fence anywhere from the grounds of 
the AMC Museum (which is at the S end of the base off rt 9. See Google Maps). 
This includes the parking lot and the area where the museum's planes are 
parked. You cannot scan from anywhere else. For example, if you pull of Rt 9 
and try to scan the runways, you will attract the attention of base security, 
which patrols frequently. 


The Snowy Owl is most often being seen in the area to NW of the plane display 
area in the general direction of the control tower. Usually hunkered down on 
some structure. This area is 300 yds (by Google Maps) from where you can 
stand,so a scope is very helpful. Go to the largest plane in the display area 
and scan through the fence in the general direction of the control tower and 
the conspicuous orange and white scaffolding tower. However, it has been seen 
perched on the display planes themselves and could be anywhere. 


Hope this helps.

Mike Moore
Newark, DE 

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Subject: Re: Baltimore Oriole - Howard County
From: "Michael O'Sullivan" <fr84wrdr AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Feb 2016 09:17:49 -0500
Located close to the feeders in the trees closest to the deck hanging with
to  redwinged black birds 8:15am
On Feb 12, 2016 4:19 PM, "Allen Lewis"  wrote:

> Female Baltimore Oriole first seen yesterday by Dave and Elaine Pardoe at
> feeders on Lake Elkhorn in Columbia continues.  The feeders are easily
> visible from the lakeside trail on the north side of the lake just west of
> the asphalt boat ramp. The house has a for sale sign. Please be respectful
> of neighbors' privacy if you visit.
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Subject: Re: Re: Birding at Dover DE, Air Force Base
From: "Dave Mitchell (Howard County)" <mitch.design.srvc AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Feb 2016 14:42:21 -0800 (PST)
Interesting, I was a day late for the Kent Island appearance. Air Force museums 
are great to see, especially the big one at Wright Patterson AFB in Dayton, 
Ohio. 


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Subject: Re: Cambridge ducks
From: "Dave Mitchell (Howard County)" <mitch.design.srvc AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Feb 2016 14:39:13 -0800 (PST)
Pat, Thank you for the report. I changed the tripod rubber feet to spikes last 
week to make that trip, but the lack of sun postponed it. I was hoping for a 
few degrees warmer, but temperatures have gotten worse. Probably time to just 
go. 




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Subject: Cambridge ducks
From: Patricia Valdata <pvaldata1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Feb 2016 17:18:20 -0500
My husband and I spent the day in Cambridge and stopped on Oakley Street on
our way home. There was a nice flock of Canvasbacks, American Wigeon, and
Scaup (mostly lesser, I think). There were also two photographers bundled
up against the cold (mid-20s). I'm a wuss so I stayed in the warm car.

Afterwards, Bob wanted to see the Annie Oakley house, so we drove there and
passed a flock of about 6 Tundra Swans.

We saw 6 Red-tailed Hawks perched in trees or on wires along Rt. 301, and
as we crossed the Sassafras northbound on MD 313, I spotted a Great Blue
Heron perched in a treetop. I never get tired of seeing a gigantic bird
balancing on a tiny branch.

Pat Valdata
Elkton, MD

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Subject: Re: Re: Birding at Dover DE, Air Force Base
From: Bob Ringler <ringler.bob AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Feb 2016 16:52:11 -0500
Elda,
   There is public access to the Air Mobility Museum at Dover AFB. The
Snowy Owl was being seen from that vantage point. I do not know if
there are recent reports.

On Fri, Feb 12, 2016 at 3:38 PM, Dave Mitchell (Howard County)
 wrote:
> I think military installations are buttoned up pretty tight these days. Might 
be a good time to try the drone instead. 

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Subject: Baltimore Oriole - Howard County
From: Allen Lewis <allenrlewis AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Feb 2016 16:19:30 -0500
Female Baltimore Oriole first seen yesterday by Dave and Elaine Pardoe at 
feeders on Lake Elkhorn in Columbia continues. The feeders are easily visible 
from the lakeside trail on the north side of the lake just west of the asphalt 
boat ramp. The house has a for sale sign. Please be respectful of neighbors' 
privacy if you visit. 


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Subject: Re: Birding at Dover DE, Air Force Base
From: "Dave Mitchell (Howard County)" <mitch.design.srvc AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Feb 2016 12:38:14 -0800 (PST)
I think military installations are buttoned up pretty tight these days. Might 
be a good time to try the drone instead. 


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Subject: Re: Ho Co (American Trees and Pine Siskin)
From: cg.koonce AT verizon.net
Date: Fri, 12 Feb 2016 10:44:10 -0800 (PST)
On Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 5:57:39 PM UTC-5, Bonnie Ott (Howard Co) 
wrote: 

> There have been a nice group of sparrows at the Howard Conservancy. Today 
> there were American Tree, Savannah, Field, Song, Swamp, White-throat and a 
half 

> dozen Towhees. https://flic.kr/p/DRyvqw
> 
>  
> 
> There were American Trees ON the feeders behind the building. I’ve never 
> seen them so accommodating. There was also a Pine Siskin with the American 
> Goldfinch on the nyjer. https://flic.kr/p/DTKf6P
> 
>  
> 
> Two birds that aren’t the easiest to find if your county listing. 
> 
>  
> 
> I’ve been graced with a little Ruby-crowned Kinglet “living” on and 
under 

> my deck the last couple days. It’s feeding on the crumbs from the suet 
feeders. 

> Always makes me smile to watch it hopping around on the deck. 
https://flic.kr/p/D4uWY1 

> 
>  
> 
> Bonnie Ott 
> 
>  

I found American tree sparrows at the Conservancy a few days ago and put some 
photos up. Another bird club member alerted me to them. They were down along 
one of the old walls lined by brambles. It was my first time seeing this 
species. I have overlooked the fact that watching the feeders at the 
Conservancy is an option, and I'll have to check those out next time. 


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Subject: Red-bellied Woodpecker - Scaggsville
From: "Dave Mitchell (Howard County)" <mitch.design.srvc AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Feb 2016 10:04:52 -0800 (PST)
An exciting morning, was actually at the camera when this visitor arrived. 
Since Wednesday about 100 +/- Robins have been working the neighborhood. I will 
have to learn how to file a formal count. 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/139451146 AT N07/24955282466/in/datetaken-public/

 

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Subject: Garrett Co Lapland Longspur
From: Jim Green <jkgbirdman53 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Feb 2016 11:26:11 -0500
Continues on Blue Ribbon Rd with horned lark flock (42). Found by Kyle
Klotz on 2/10...THANKS Kyle...great find!

Jim Green
Gaithersburg Md

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Subject: Birding at Dover DE, Air Force Base
From: "'Elda Banks' via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Feb 2016 14:31:43 +0000 (UTC)
A Snowy Owl has been reported at the Dover, Delaware Air Force Base. Does 
anyone know if the public is allowed to enter and attempt to see the bird?Thank 
you.Elda BanksSilver Spring 


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Subject: RE: Ho Co (American Trees and Pine Siskin)
From: "George Jett" <gmjett AT verizon.net>
Date: Thu, 11 Feb 2016 21:09:02 -0500
Bonnie

 

Put out peanut butter for your RCKI. They love it and with this cold weather it 
will provide much more energy. This guy visit my peanut feeder daily and has 
been here for two months. The feeder is a piece of wood w/ rat wire wrapped 
around, and liberally coated w/ peanut butter. 


 

Bluebirds like it as well. A Brown Creeper is also habituated to the peanut 
butter, but prefers the Red Oak off the deck. 


 

I have two Fox Sparrows visiting regularly, and four Red-headed Woodpeckers 
here in Lothian. 


 

George

 

From: mdbirding AT googlegroups.com [mailto:mdbirding AT googlegroups.com] On Behalf 
Of Bonnie Ott 

Sent: Thursday, February 11, 2016 5:58 PM
To: Md Birding
Subject: [MDBirding] Ho Co (American Trees and Pine Siskin)

 

There have been a nice group of sparrows at the Howard Conservancy. Today there 
were American Tree, Savannah, Field, Song, Swamp, White-throat and a half dozen 
Towhees. https://flic.kr/p/DRyvqw 


 

There were American Trees ON the feeders behind the building. I’ve never seen 
them so accommodating. There was also a Pine Siskin with the American Goldfinch 
on the nyjer. https://flic.kr/p/DTKf6P 


 

Two birds that aren’t the easiest to find if your county listing. 

 

I’ve been graced with a little Ruby-crowned Kinglet “living” on and under 
my deck the last couple days. It’s feeding on the crumbs from the suet 
feeders. Always makes me smile to watch it hopping around on the deck. 
https://flic.kr/p/D4uWY1 


 

Bonnie Ott 

 

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Subject: Ho Co (American Trees and Pine Siskin)
From: "Bonnie Ott" <Bonnieott AT verizon.net>
Date: Thu, 11 Feb 2016 17:57:37 -0500
There have been a nice group of sparrows at the Howard Conservancy. Today there 
were American Tree, Savannah, Field, Song, Swamp, White-throat and a half dozen 
Towhees. https://flic.kr/p/DRyvqw 


There were American Trees ON the feeders behind the building. I’ve never seen 
them so accommodating. There was also a Pine Siskin with the American Goldfinch 
on the nyjer. https://flic.kr/p/DTKf6P 


Two birds that aren’t the easiest to find if your county listing. 

I’ve been graced with a little Ruby-crowned Kinglet “living” on and under 
my deck the last couple days. It’s feeding on the crumbs from the suet 
feeders. Always makes me smile to watch it hopping around on the deck. 
https://flic.kr/p/D4uWY1 


Bonnie Ott 

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Subject: Re: Action: Patuxent Research Refuge Threatened AGAIN
From: krschwa1 AT verizon.net
Date: Thu, 11 Feb 2016 11:40:59 -0600 (CST)




Subject: Action:  Patuxent Research Refuge Threatened AGAIN
From: krschwa1 AT verizon.net
Date: Thu, 11 Feb 2016 11:31:15 -0600 (CST)




Subject: Book on Birding
From: "Winger and June West" <westw AT erols.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 2016 22:11:31 -0500
I just got through a book, "Birders: Tales of a Tribe" by Mark Cocker, a 
British birder. He goes into great detail regarding the obsessive behavior of 
birders and explains the various terms such as birder, birding, bird-watcher, 
twitcher, stringer, etc. While there are many similarities between British 
birding and US birding, there also many differences, an interesting and amusing 
read, highly recommend. 


Winger West
Millersville, MD
westw AT erols.com

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Subject: Re: Migrations map
From: JimC <jimcancil AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 2016 09:54:58 -0800 (PST)
Thanks for the link Tom.  I like all forms of information.  ..espc. visual. 

Jim

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Subject: Re: OT: Eagles trained to deal with drones
From: Nick Lund <nicholas.lund AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 2016 09:09:09 -0800 (PST)
Hi folks - Just wanted to chime in and say how opposed to the idea of 
conscripting eagles as soldiers in our sci-fi robot-fighting wars. After a 
century of habitat destruction, DDT poisoning and other human disruptions, 
can'e we just leave eagles alone for awhile? Here's the piece I wrote on the 
subject for National Geographic: 
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/02/160206-eagle-drone-video-rogue-dutch-police-danger-hunting-robot0/ 


Best,
Nick

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Subject: Re: OT: Eagles trained to deal with drones
From: "Steve Long" <steve.long4 AT verizon.net>
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 2016 10:04:36 -0500
Cool! And our White-tailed Eagles also have white heads and are the symbol of 
our national government, so what a symbolic program it would be to have Bald 
Eagles protecting the White House from terrorist drones. 


Steve Long
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  Sent: Tuesday, February 09, 2016 7:49 PM
  Subject: [MDBirding] OT: Eagles trained to deal with drones


 Today's Post Health & Science reports Dutch police are training White-tailed 
Eagles to deal with drones threatening public safety. It's only being tested 
and unclear if it will work in crowd situations. The primary obstacle is the 
cost of the drones, which the eagles wreck. There is a photo of a presumably 
immature eagle just grabbing a drone. 



  Kurt Schwarz
  Ellicott City, Howard
  goawaybird at Verizon dot net

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Subject: OT: Eagles trained to deal with drones
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Feb 2016 16:49:19 -0800
Today's Post Health & Science reports Dutch police are training
White-tailed Eagles to deal with drones threatening public safety.  It's
only being tested and unclear if it will work in crowd situations. The
primary obstacle is the cost of the drones, which the eagles wreck.  There
is a photo of a presumably immature eagle just grabbing a drone.

Kurt Schwarz
Ellicott City, Howard
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Subject: PEREGRINE, PURPLE FINCH, Fairland Regional Park (PG)
From: "Derek C. Richardson" <dcr AT astro.umd.edu>
Date: Tue, 9 Feb 2016 17:57:31 -0500 (EST)
An afternoon walk around the PG county-side of Fairland Regional Park on 
Old Gunpowder Road revealed an immature PEREGRINE FALCON perched at the 
top of a very tall post, surveying the fields.  Two PURPLE FINCHES were 
seen in the undergrowth near the pond.  Also a FIELD SPARROW.  Full eBird 
list below.

Fairland Regional Park (PG Co.), Prince George's, Maryland, US
Feb 9, 2016 3:54 PM - 4:39 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.9 mile(s)
Comments:    Distance is one way. Mostly cloudy, cool, strong breeze. 
Trails mostly clear. Thin ice over much of the pond. One sparrow sp 
(likely Song). One black variant among the squirrels seen. 
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.1.5 Build 44 17 species Mallard 2 on water at edge of pond Black Vulture 1 Mourning Dove 2 Red-bellied Woodpecker 2 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 3 Pileated Woodpecker 1 maybe 2, heard only Peregrine Falcon 1 seen from the front perched at the top of one of the very tall posts (~1 ft diameter) in the fields near the pond: small hooked bill, black mark on face, brown streaking, checkerboard pattern on sides; flew, but bad lighting did not reveal much apart from pointed wings; too big to be MERL or AMKE Tufted Titmouse 1 White-breasted Nuthatch 1 heard only American Robin 10 approx Northern Mockingbird 1 Field Sparrow 1 Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 25 approx White-throated Sparrow 10 approx Eastern Towhee 2 Northern Cardinal 2 maybe 3 Purple Finch 2 2 brownies seen in essentially the same place I saw them several months ago: in the brushy undergrowth near where the forest trail exits onto the paved trail at the NW corner of the pond. View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27401289 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org) -- Derek C. Richardson, Laurel, PG County, MD http://www.astro.umd.edu/~dcr/personal.html -- -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Group 'Maryland & DC Birding'. To view group guidelines or change email preferences, visit this group on the web at http://www.mdbirding.com Unfamiliar with a hotspot mentioned on this list? Quickly locate it here - http://www.mdbirding.com/hotspot.html
Subject: Great Backyard Bird Count this weekend
From: Zach Slavin <zkslavin AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Feb 2016 14:43:25 -0500
Hi Maryland and DC Birders,


I just wanted to make sure you all knew about the upcoming *Great Backyard
Bird Count*, which will be held this *Friday, February 12th through Monday,
February 15th*: www.birdcount.org


This free citizen science program (a joint project of Audubon, Cornell Lab
of Ornithology, and Canadian partner Bird Studies Canada) asks birders of
all skill levels to get out in their backyards, parks, and other areas and
count birds for at least 15 minutes at a time, reporting the results to
eBird.org as many of you do already, or directly to the program website at
www.birdcount.org. Together our efforts will help create a snapshot of
winter bird populations and distributions locally, as well as globally,
that can inform the conservation of the birds we all love.


While I’m sure many of you will be out birding and reporting your sightings
this weekend anyway, one additional piece of the GBBC is the Pledge to
Fledge. The pledge asks that you pledge to take at least one new person
birding this weekend, introducing them to what you love about birding while
getting them involved in contributing to citizen science from the start.


I know I’ll be out birding around DC for most of the four days of the count
and hope to see many of you out there as well.


Sincerely,


Zach Slavin

Washington, DC

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Subject: Lark Sparrow - historically a MD breeder
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Feb 2016 14:10:04 -0500
I saw that Peterson's 4th edition map for the species [MAP 374]
indicated that it formerly bred in WVA, w VA, w PA, and w MD.

Stewart & Robbins [Birds of MD & DC, etc, 1958] relate:

...a colony of about 50 birds incl young was found near *Accident on
July 24, 1901

...also recorded as being common near *Red House until about 1926

*both in Garrett County

Jim Speicher
BroadRun/Burkittsville area
[FR] Frederick County
WA Co. MOS member

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Subject: Fwd: DC Area, 2/9/2016
From: Lydia Schindler <lydia13621 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Feb 2016 14:05:35 -0500
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From: Steve Cordle 
Date: Tue, Feb 9, 2016 at 1:42 PM
Subject: DC Area, 2/9/2016
To: BIRDEAST AT listserv.ksu.edu


Hotline:     Voice of the Naturalist
Date:        2/09/2016
Coverage:    MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments and questions: voice AT anshome.org
Compiler:    Helen Patton
Sponsor:     Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central
               Atlantic States (independent of NAS)
Transcriber: Steve Cordle (scordle AT capaccess.org)

Please consider joining ANS, especially if you are a regular user of
the Voice (Individual $50; Family $65; Nature Steward $100; Audubon
Advocate $200). The membership number is 301-652-9188, option 12; the
address is 8940 Jones Mill Road, Chevy Chase, MD 20815; and the web
site is http://www.AudubonNaturalist.org.

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon
Naturalist Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday,
February 3 and was completed Tuesday, February 9 at 12:45 p.m.

The top birds this week were SNOWY OWL* in DE and WESTERN TANAGER in
VA.

Other birds of interest this week included GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
and other waterfowl, RED-THROATED LOON, RED-NECKED GREBE, NORTHERN
GANNET.  GREAT CORMORANT, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, BROWN PELICAN,
GOLDEN EAGLE, shorebirds, gulls, RAZORBILL. BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE,
RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE,
SNOW BUNTING, warblers, sparrows, and BALTIMORE ORIOLE.

TOP BIRDS

A SNOWY OWL turned up at Dover Air Force Base in Kent Co, DE on
February 7.

A WESTERN TANAGER* was observed at Settler's Mill, James City, VA on
February 4 and 6.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was on the polo field in West Potomac
Park, DC on February 4. Two GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were on Summit
Bridge Road, in Middletown, New Castle Co, DE on February 6.  A
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was at Pond town Road, Queen Anne's Co, MD
on February 7.

SNOW GEESE were found at several locations this past week, including:
Black Marsh, Baltimore Co, MD on February 4; Millersville, Anne
Arundel Co, MD on February 5 and the Baseball Diamond behind Target,
Carroll Co, MD on February 8. A ROSS'S GOOSE was at a private
residence in Sussex Co, DE on February 5.

Several CACKLING GEESE were seen on February 5 at the intersection of
Rte. 272 and Wheatley Road near Zion in Cecil Co, MD. CACKLING GEESE
showed up in Delaware at several sites, including: 6 at Augustine
State WMA, and 2 at Battery Park, both in New Castle Co, on February 6
and one in Lewes on Gill's Neck Road, Sussex Co, on February 7. At
least seven CACKLING GEESE were among the 2000 CANADA GEESE at the
intersection of Long Green Pike and Patterson Road, Baldwin, Baltimore
Co, MD on February 8.

The longstanding tagged (M78) TRUMPETER SWAN which has been at Lake
Churchill was seen at Black Hill Regional Park, Montgomery Co, MD, on
February 7. A TRUMPETER SWAN was at Silver Lake, Rockingham Co, VA on
February 7. A TUNDRA SWAN was at the Golf Course at Hains Point, DC,
visible from Buckeye Drive on February 3. 75 to 100 TUNDRA SWANS were
in Greensboro, Caroline Co, MD at the intersection of MD313 and
Greensboro Road on February 5.

A EURASIAN WIGEON was seen on February 6 from the Castaways
Campground, Worcester Co, MD. A EURASIAN WIGEON was at the
Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA on February 6. A WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
was on Hart-Miller Island, Baltimore Co, MD on February 8. A COMMON
EIDER was at Indian River Inlet, Sussex Co, DE on February 6. A
LONG-TAILED DUCK was at Battery Park, New Castle Co, DE on February 7.

A census taken at Poplar Island, Talbot Co, MD on February 8 observed
15 waterfowl species including 121 NORTHERN PINTAIL, 4 LONG-TAILED
DUCK and 806 RUDDY DUCK plus 10 SHORT-EARED OWLS and a PEREGRINE
FALCON.

A RED-THROATED LOON was at Augustine Beach, New Castle Co, DE on
February 4 and 6.

A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen on February 6 at Ocean View Pier off 4th
View Street in Norfolk, VA.

Eight NORTHERN GANNETS were feeding fairly close to shore at Poquoson,
VA on February 7.

GREAT CORMORANTS were found at several sites in Queen Anne's County,
MD on February 6, including: 1 to 4 at Kent Point and 9 at Willard
Point Road in Stevensville.  Three GREAT CORMORANTS were at Fox Point
SP, New Castle Co, DE on February 6. Another GREAT CORMORANT was at
Battery Park, New Castle Co, DE on February 7.

At least 100 AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS were at Blackwater NWR,
Dorchester Co, MD on February 6. Five AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS were at
Hog Island, Surry Co, VA on February 7. They were visible from the
road. An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was at Kiptopeke SP, Northampton Co,
VA on February 7. A BROWN PELICAN was spotted across the harbor from
Ft. McHenry, Baltimore Co, MD on February 5. At first, the bird was
visible only from Ft. McHenry, then Masonville Cove until it flew.

Five GOLDEN EAGLES were at Blue Grass Valley & Snowy Mountain,
Highland Co, VA on February 6.

Four SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS were at Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA on
February 6. A RED KNOT was at Grandview Beach in Hampton, VA on
February 6. Eight SANDERLINGS were at Swan Harbor, Dorchester Co, MD
on February 7.

A BLACK-HEADED GULL was spotted just south of Grandview NP at the end
of Beach Road in Grandview, VA on February 7. On February 8, the
BLACK-HEADED GULL was relocated 1.5 miles west of the beach trail
toward factory point. A THAYER'S GULL was seen on February 4 at North
East Community Park, Cecil Co, MD.  February 6 was a good gull day in
Virginia Beach, VA with several sightings:  BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE at
the Bridge-Tunnel and ICELAND GULLS at Lynnhaven Inlet and Rudee
Inlet. On February 4, the continuing ICELAND GULL was at Conowingo Dam
on the Cecil/Harford border, MD usually in front of the dam.  An
outing into Sussex Co, Delaware waters found 2 RAZORBILLS and 2
BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES.

A late RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD continues to visit a feeder in
Norfolk, VA seen during the week.

Two to four RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were at Black Marsh, Baltimore Co,
MD on February 3 through 6. One to four RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were at
the Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, Anne Arundel Co, MD on February 4 and
6. Four RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were in a yard in Lothian, Anne Arundel
Co, MD on February 5. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was at Dyke Marsh,
Fairfax Co, VA on February 6. More RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were at Port
Republic on Hance Road, Carroll Co, MD on February 7 and at Perryville
Community Park, Cecil Co, MD on February 8. The weekly Monday morning
visit to Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax Co, VA on February 8 observed
seven woodpecker species including 6 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS and 2
YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS.

The LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE found last week along Dry Bridge Rd about .4
miles west of Keysville Rd, Emmitsburg, Frederick Co, MD was sighted
frequently during the week. A pair of LOGGERHEAD SHRIKES was on
Shepherd's Mill Road, Clarke Co, VA on February 8.

A SNOW BUNTING was with a flock of AMERICAN PIPITS and HORNED LARKS on
Shriver Road, south of Harney Road, Emmetsburg, Frederick Co, MD on
February 4.

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was on Stockwell Road, New Castle Co, DE on
February 4. A PINE WARBLER visited a private residence in New Castle
Co, DE on February 5.

The LARK SPARROW at the Hughes Road Polo fields, south of Poolesville
in Montgomery Co, MD, first seen a couple of weeks ago, continues with
a sightings during the week. Another LARK SPARROW was at the Back Bay
NWR, Virginia Beach, VA at the East Dike near the maintenance area on
February 7. Two FOX SPARROWS and a WINTER WREN were in Deerfield off
Tom's Creek Road in Blacksburg, VA on February 7. A lovely FOX SPARROW
visited a feeder in Colesville, Montgomery Co, MD on February 7. A
LINCOLN'S SPARROW was reported at Big Water Farm, Queen Anne's Co, MD,
on February 6.

BALTIMORE ORIOLES were seen at a couple of different locations this
past week including one at a home in Carroll Co, MD on February 4; one
at a private residence in Prince George's Co, MD on February 7 and
three at Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary, Prince George's Co, MD also on
February 7. One was also seen at the Blandy Experimental Farm, Clarke
Co, VA .on February 4, 6 and 7.

Good Birding.

This week's 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
titles.

To report bird sightings, e-mail your report to voice AT anshome.org.
Please post reports before midnight Monday, identify the county as
well as the state, and include your name and a Tuesday morning
contact, e-mail or phone.

Thank you for your interest, and enjoy the birds.

*Of interest to the applicable state records committee

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Subject: Birds of Note This AM
From: "George Jett" <gmjett AT verizon.net>
Date: Tue, 09 Feb 2016 11:12:23 -0500
Folks

 

A couple birds of note this morning at Lothian house.

 

Two Fox Sparrows - sporadic over the past month

One Brown Creeper -daily to peanut butter

One Ruby-crowned Kinglet -daily to peanut butter

Two Red-headed Woodpeckers - four have been around all winter.

 

And the usual suspects.

 

A White-breasted Nuthatch keeps checking out the bluebird box off the deck.
I wonder if he will use it?

 

George Jett

gmjett AT verizon.net

www.georgejett.net

 

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Subject: Mon. 2/8 Lark Sparrow YES 1:15-2:15
From: Janbraumuller <janbraumuller AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Feb 2016 09:59:22 -0500
Good morning,
 Thank you to all that have been reporting on the appearance (or lack of ) the 
Hughes Rd. Lark Sparrow. A special thanks to Art D. who sent a real time report 
that he was seeing it at noon yesterday. Having just finished my morning swim 
routine, I took chase, arriving at the Polo Fields at 1:00 to find one other 
birder, Steve, who told me he had been there, in his car, for 30 minutes, and 
that he had not seen any bird action. Within a few minutes we both got out of 
our vehicles to observe. In less than 5 minutes, I noticed some movement deep 
in the cedars directly across from the polo field entrance. Following a few 
brief hops in there, out it flew and landed on a tree 10 feet from the road. 
For 50 minutes, it remained in view, resting, preening and shifting positions 
on the same branch. Eventually, it moved into a perfect position, where there 
were no branches or twigs obstructing our view. All the while, Steve was taking 
photos continuously. Mark J. arrived and joined us ( also taking photos) 
Eventually, the LS flew to the pavement of the entrance and moved onto the 
grass. There it was easier to see its markings and size. What a cooperative and 
tolerant bird! It was a fantastic hour! A lifer for me ( and in this case it 
only required two trips). 

 
Good birding,
Jan Braumuller
Arlington, Va

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Subject: Poplar Island 2/8/2016
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Feb 2016 06:43:36 -0800 (PST)
Conducted the first February census yesterday. It was extremely quiet 
bird-wise, with minimal offshore waterfowl. Highlights included the continuing 
Black-crowned Night-Herons and Short-eared Owls roosting in/around the Cell 1A 
barges, and three Redheads in Cell 6. Some waterfowl appeared to be pairing up 
for the upcoming breeding season. Full list below. 


Tim Carney
Nottingham, MD

Poplar Island, Talbot, Maryland, US
Feb 8, 2016 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Protocol: Area
1140.0 ac
37 species

Tundra Swan  21
Gadwall  20
American Black Duck  72
Mallard  280
Northern Shoveler  3
Northern Pintail  121
Green-winged Teal (American)  10
Redhead  3
Greater Scaup  806
Lesser Scaup  45
Surf Scoter  1
Black Scoter  1
Long-tailed Duck  4
Bufflehead  3
Ruddy Duck  806
Common Loon  2
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Horned Grebe  1
Great Blue Heron  5
Black-crowned Night-Heron 4 Flagged as rare but regularly overwinters at this 
location. 4+ roosting in the Cell 1A barges. 

Turkey Vulture  3
Northern Harrier  4
Bald Eagle  3
Killdeer  1
Dunlin  25
Ring-billed Gull  11
Herring Gull (American)  105
Great Black-backed Gull  4
Short-eared Owl  10
Peregrine Falcon  1
European Starling  1
Savannah Sparrow (Savannah)  6
Song Sparrow  34
Swamp Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  1
Red-winged Blackbird  59
American Goldfinch  1

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27385524 


This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

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Subject: Howard County Bird Club Meeting
From: Allen Lewis <allenrlewis AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Feb 2016 09:20:25 -0500
Bird Club Meeting - Dr. Kevin Omland gives a talk "James Bond and the
Orioles of the Caribbean: How a Spy's Namesake Set the Stage for Research
on the Endangered Bahama Oriole," at the meeting of the Howard County Bird
Club at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, February 11, at Robinson Nature Center, 6692
Cedar Lane, Columbia.  Information: howardbirds.org

-- 
Allen R. Lewis
Columbia, MD

787-590-4501

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Subject: Re: C&O Canal conditions for Canal Count
From: scott bates <fennecfox1947 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Feb 2016 06:12:29 -0800 (PST)
On Friday, February 5, 2016 at 5:56:56 PM UTC-5, Jim Nelson wrote:
> Last week my team decided to wait until this Saturday to do our section of 
> the C&O Canal Count (miles 34, 25, and 36).  I went out scouting today 
> at White’s Ferry in Montgomery County. The ferry is not operating due to 
the 

> high water conditions on the Potomac which may also affect some parts of the 
> towpath.  The stretch of the towpath that I checked out running downstream 
> and upstream from White’s Ferry is bare in some places and in others has 
slushy 

> snow with a maximum depth of 4 or 5 inches.  For those who are counting 
> Saturday morning like us, I think we can expect pretty crunchy snow with 
> overnight temperatures in the 20’s until the snow warms up enough to get 
soft 

> again.  Conditions are greatly improved from last weekend.  
> 
>  
> 
> Wishing good birding to folks who are doing the C&O Canal Count this 
> weekend.
> 
>  
> 
> Jim Nelson
> 
> Bethesda, MD

I covered 64 through 66 on Sunday, 11-2:30 pm. I walked around the closed gate 
preventing boater access to the river. Miles 64 and 65 were had 60%-70% snow 
coverage, with 0"-2" depth. Mile 66, primarily north-south orientation, had 
3"-5" inch depth and had to be paced more slowly. Forest birds were largely 
absent compared to past years. Notable were 25+ buffleheads and a pair of 
woodies. 


SB 

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Subject: Large Goose flock in Baldwin, Baltimore County
From: Matt Hafner <hafner.matt AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 22:50:11 -0500
For the first time since the Ross's Goose was present this past Fall, there was 
a large Canada Goose flock in Baldwin, near the intersection of Long Green Pike 
and Patterson Road. I estimated 2000 Canada Geese and found a minimum of 7 
Richardson's Cackling Geese (including a family group of 5) and one hybrid 
Canada x Snow Goose. The hybrid looks superficially like a Blue Snow Goose. 
Hopefully this flock will hang around now. In nearby Harford, I've been seeing 
a few hundred geese, but nothing better than a pair of Cackling Geese. 


Photos in my eBird checklist: 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27387115 


Good birding,

Matt Hafner
Forest Hill, MD

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Subject: Prince Georges Co
From: Joe Wolf <joe.obn AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 18:20:52 -0800 (PST)
Kevin,

I got down to Accokeek Ck today about an hour after you left, and it was almost 
void of waterfowl! Very low tide. Loaded with woodpeckers, some bluebirds and 
waxwings, the usual loads of white throated sparrows, and my first white 
crowned sparrow at this spot. What a difference an hour or so makes! 


Joe wolf

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Subject: Hart-Miller Island, 02/08/16
From: Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 18:19:44 -0500
02/08/16 – 710am-3pm

Hart-Miller Island, Essex, Baltimore Co., MD



WEATHER: Fair/MC, 34-44 degrees, NW 2K- SSE 3K   OBS: Don B, Jeff C, Kevin
G, Joe H, Bob R



Canada Goose – 148

Tundra Swan – 121

*WOOD DUCK - 2 (early, pair flyby low over North Cell)

Gadwall – 69

American Wigeon – 40

American Black Duck – 98

Mallard – 77

Northern Shoveler – 17

Northern Pintail – 739

Green-winged Teal – 5

Ring-necked Duck – 2

Lesser Scaup – 94

*WHITE-WINGED SCOTER - 1 (drake)

Bufflehead – 39

Common Goldeneye – 90

Hooded Merganser – 36

Red-breasted Merganser – 52

Ruddy Duck – 6

Duck sp – 5000 (way out in distance, most likely scaup and ruddy ducks)

Common Loon – 2

Pied-billed Grebe – 1

Double-crested Cormorant – 2

Great Blue Heron – 1

Black Vulture – 1

Turkey Vulture – 4

Bald Eagle – 5

Northern Harrier – 2

Sharp-shinned Hawk – 1

Peregrine Falcon – 2

American Coot – 1

Ring-billed Gull – 34

Herring Gull – 8

Great Black-backed Gull – 20

Mourning Dove – 43

Red-bellied Woodpecker – 2

Downy Woodpecker – 4

*HORNED LARK - 94

Carolina Chickadee – 2

Carolina Wren – 2

Hermit Thrush – 1

American Robin – 1

Brown Thrasher – 1

European Starling – 42

*SNOW BUNTING - 53

Eastern Towhee – 1

*AMERICAN TREE SPARROW - 1

Savannah Sparrow – 6

Fox Sparrow – 1

Song Sparrow – 47

Swamp Sparrow – 7

White-throated Sparrow – 28

Slate-colored” Junco – 13

Northern Cardinal – 6

Red-winged Blackbird – 139

American Goldfinch – 64

SPECIES: 54   INDIVIDUALS: 7278



MAMMALS: Red Fox – 2, WT Deer – 2



    Kevin Graff
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Subject: Prince Georges Co
From: Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 17:52:55 -0500
02/06/16 – 905am-1020am

Piscataway Park—Farmington Landing, Wharf Rd, Prince Georges Co., MD



WEATHER: MC, 32-36 degrees, S 4 mph- S 6 mph   OBS: 2



Canada Goose – 56

Tundra Swan – 179

Gadwall – 12

American Wigeon – 1

Mallard – 2

Canvasback – 129

Ring-necked Duck – 152

Lesser Scaup – 130

Bufflehead – 8

Hooded Merganser – 6

Common Merganser – 24

Ruddy Duck – 3

Double-crested Cormorant – 6

Great Blue Heron – 6

Bald Eagle – 7 (3 adults, 4 immature)

Red-shouldered Hawk – 2

Ring-billed Gull – 86

Herring Gull – 1

Mourning Dove – 1

Great Horned Owl – 1

Red-headed Woodpecker – 1 (Immature)

Red-bellied Woodpecker – 1

Downy Woodpecker – 1

Northern Flicker – 1

Blue Jay – 1

Fish Crow – 16

Carolina Chickadee – 1

Tufted Titmouse – 3

White-breasted Nuthatch – 1

Carolina Wren – 1

Eastern Bluebird – 1 (on wire)

Hermit Thrush – 1

American Robin – 6

Northern Mockingbird – 1

European Starling – 8

Song Sparrow – 1

White-throated Sparrow – 16

Northern Cardinal – 5

Common Grackle – 3

SPECIES: 39   INDIVIDUALS: 881




02/06/16 – 1030am-1135am

Piscataway Park—Accokeek Creek, Prince Georges Co., MD



WEATHER: MC, 36-40 degrees, S 6 mph- S 8 mph   OBS: 2



Tundra Swan – 7

Gadwall – 528

American Wigeon - 325

Mallard – 58

Northern Pintail – 21 (Two high flying flocks of 5 & 16 flyby S)

Ring-necked Duck – 75

Bufflehead – 16

Ruddy Duck – 200

Double-crested Cormorant – 2

Great Blue Heron – 1

Black Vulture – 5

Turkey Vulture – 5

Red-shouldered Hawk – 1

Ring-billed Gull – 42

Great Black-backed Gull – 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker – 1

Hairy Woodpecker – 1

Pileated Woodpecker – 2

Blue Jay – 1

American Crow – 3

Fish Crow – 5

Carolina Chickadee – 2

Eastern Bluebird – 5

American Robin – 2

Northern Mockingbird – 1

European Starling – 1

American Pipit – 2

Song Sparrow – 3

White-throated Sparrow – 8

“Slate-colored” Junco – 3

Northern Cardinal – 4

Red-winged Blackbird – 10

SPECIES: 32   INDICVIDUALS: 1341



     Kevin Graff

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Subject: Lark Sparrow=YES!
From: "'diane Ford' via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 22:42:06 +0000 (UTC)
Hi all,   This morning about high noon, myself and several other birders 
present were observing the cooperative LARK SPARROW at the Hughes Road Polo 
Grounds.Mr. Lark Sp.(county bird #236) perched in a tree right across from the 
entrance, where he has been. Then it flew on the grass by the white fence. I am 
told one of the polo grounds keepers is putting seed out for the birds, but 
couldn't verify. I hope other birders get to see it if it sticks around. 

D. Ford/Bethesda, Md.

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Subject: Reports on Lark Sparrow please
From: Art Drauglis <lwsyrup AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:12:24 -0800 (PST)
Here now. Noon.
On pavement at entrance

Art D
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Subject: FredCo Shrike
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 08:49:00 -0800
Currently on Dry Bridge Rd north side working a fence at fairly close range.

Kurt Schwarz
Ellicott City, Howard


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Subject: Migrations map
From: "thbeal via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 10:01:29 -0500
http://brilliantmaps.com/bird-migration/


Subscribe to brilliant map. Really cool maps (mostly non-birding though)
Tom Beal

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Subject: Robins
From: pvaldata1 <pvaldata1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 08 Feb 2016 09:36:14 -0500
I know we're supposed to get snow tomorrow, but having a flock of Robins in the 
yard and on the birdbath really makes it feel like early spring. 



Pat Valdata 
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Subject: Reports on Lark Sparrow please
From: Janbraumuller <janbraumuller AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:24:15 -0500
Good morning all,
 After dipping last Thursday, I thought I would get back to the Polo grounds on 
the weekend, but did not. I hope to leave Arlington at noon today, to try 
again. Please post any reports (for today) you may have affirmative or negative 
ASAP. thank you. 

Good birding,   Jan 

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Subject: Extralimital but fascinating: Black Kites and Fire
From: "'jovet' via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 07:46:31 -0500
Yesterday's edition (Feb. 7 2016) of Wildfire Today has an article entitled 
"Did humans learn how to use fire as a management tool from birds?" It 
discusses how some birds, particularly the Black Kite, seem drawn to fire, 
apparently to feast on small animals fleeing the flames. In Australia, the 
Black Kite has even been known to pick up burning sticks to ignite fires away 
from the main blaze. The story is here: http://wildfiretoday.com/ 



The story is at the top of the page today; if you are searching at a later 
date, you may have to search or scroll the site. 



Joanne




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West River, MD

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Subject: Lark Sparrow continues
From: Schwaab <tmschwaab AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 12:49:48 -0800 (PST)
The lark sparrow did make another appearance at approximately 1 o'clock. The 
bird showed up with a flock of white throated sparrows in the brush across the 
road from the polo ground entrance. It was easily picked out with its outer 
white tail feathers. It perched and flitted about 3/4 way up in a deciduous 
tree/shrub and then foraged on the ground at the entrance quite near the 
fencing. Beautiful bird. I appreciate all of the reports. 

Tammy Schwaab
Westminster,MD

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Subject: Lark Sparrow continues
From: Howard Wu <howiewu1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 09:04:35 -0800 (PST)
It was first seen in the bushes across the road from the polo club, then it 
flew across the field to the grass just outside the entrance, when I left 
around 11:30 it flew again across the road into the bushes. It was by itself 
all this time. 


Howard Wu
Herndon, VA

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Subject: Lark Sparrow continues
From: Schwaab <tmschwaab AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 08:50:06 -0800 (PST)
Hi Lisa!
I am here now at the entrance and am not seeing anything? Can you provide more 
details on exactly where you saw the bird? 

Thanks, 
Tammy Schwaab
Westminster, MD

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Subject: Loggerhead Shrike
From: Jeffrey Culler <cullerfuls AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 11:25:48 -0500
Continuing on Dry. Bridge Road. Near field with white fence.
Jeff Culler
Howard County

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Subject: Lark Sparrow continues
From: Lisa Shannon <lpshannon AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 08:21:41 -0800 (PST)
Hi all,

Rob Hilton, some other folks, and I are looking at the Polo Field Lark Sparrow 
right now. It showed back up about 10 minutes ago; we'd been here for about 2 
hours. 


Enjoy,

Lisa Shannon
Silver Spring

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Subject: Fox Sparrow at feeder
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 09:30:22 -0500
Looked out this morning to see a lovely Fox Sparrow joining the Whitethroats 
under the feeder. A couple of Grackles were also present and a Cardinal was 
singing. Can spring be far behind? 


Gail Mackiernan
Colesville, MD

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Subject: Blackwater NWR: Many White Pelicans
From: Donald Sweig <skybirds.d AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 22:17:06 -0500
 A friend and I were at the Blackwater NWR today where the highlight was well 
over 100 White Pelicans quietly sleeping and roosting on a sandbar about 60 or 
70 yards off the wildlife drive. Lots of people, myself included, were enjoying 
viewing and photographing these attractive birds in the bright sunshine. 

 Also, a large group, probably 2,000 to 5,000 Snowgeese close to the wildlife 
drive, a male Harrier hunting not far from the pelicans, 50 or more Tundra 
Swans, and lots of Bald Eagles. 

    Blackwater is always a treat.
     Donald Sweig
      Falls Church, Virginia
   


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Subject: C&O Canal Count MM 34-37 report, possible Ross's Goose 2/6/16
From: "Jim Nelson" <kingfishers2 AT verizon.net>
Date: Sat, 06 Feb 2016 19:41:48 -0500
Tenley Wurglitz, Derek Richardson, and I covered the C&O Canal in the White’s 
Ferry area from Mile Marker 34 to Mile Marker 37 this morning for the 
oft-delayed Canal Count. We found 44 species, a slight increase from the same 
stretch last year. 


The highlight was a very small white goose with black wingtips that passed over 
us twice in short order in the company of three Canada Geese. Since a Ross’s 
Goose has been reported from Montgomery County in the company of Canadas (which 
I have unsuccessfully chased several times), I think this bird was probably a 
Ross’s Goose and maybe that Ross’s. Unfortunately, in flight it wasn’t 
possible to say it wasn’t a Snow Goose, which would also be unusual in 
Montgomery County at this time of year, because the Ross’s is only slightly 
smaller than the smallest Snow Goose. Since Canadas vary in size, comparing our 
goose with its companions didn’t answer the question. The Ross’s Goose 
would be a life bird for me, so I figure this was probably a Ross’s, and 
karma was enjoying a trick at my expense. 


Other highlights were 3 Barred Owls in one mile, two adult and one immature 
Bald Eagle in another mile, and a good variety of waterfowl, though in low 
numbers in the still-high and fast-moving Potomac. 


It was a nice morning to be out in good company. The towpath was quiet (only 
encountered one other person in our 6 miles of walking) and still was about 60% 
snow covered but more passable than it would have been last week. 


Jim Nelson
Bethesda, MD

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Subject: Re: Red-Shouldered Hawk, and Junco
From: "Dave Mitchell (Howard County)" <mitch.design.srvc AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 15:54:29 -0800 (PST)
The Red-shouldered hawk is here

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1531/24234775393_5aed89f6d1_c.jpg

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Subject: Red-Shouldered Hawk, and Junco
From: "Dave Mitchell (Howard County)" <mitch.design.srvc AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 15:26:05 -0800 (PST)
Spent some time today performing autofocus fine tune. Manual is still best, but 
not realistic for BIF. 


I must assume this Red-shouldered hawk visits more regularly than I see him. 
This time the perch was the porch roof over the pond, which is birdproof. On 
Thursday when driving home at lunchtime, I spotted him on the sound barrier at 
RT-216 and Crest Road. The entrance to the neighborhood. 


https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1681/24767632781_67bdeb756b_c.jpg

Dark-eyed Junco, Yardbird supreme.

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1466/24861072095_c13674cd42_c.jpg


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Subject: Re: Lark Sparrow - yes!
From: cube182764 <cube182764 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 15:10:18 -0800 (PST)
On Friday, February 5, 2016 at 5:29:10 PM UTC-5, Patricia Wood wrote:
> Just as I came up to the entrance gate, I saw movement in the bushes on my 
side of the road, so quickly stopped so as not to scare whatever it was. First 
I saw 3 juncos, then something that looked different flew across in front of me 
and back to the gate, landing on the exposed grass on the right of the 
entranceway. It was quickly followed by the juncos, and sure enough, it was the 
Lark Sparrow! I last saw them years ago when I lived in Texas, so this was a 
real treat. And where I had stopped was directly across the street from it, so 
really good look. Later, it flew back into the brush well ahead of me, then the 
little flock materialized just behind me, and I thank the birders who had 
arrived after me for alerting me to that as I sat in my car doing an eBird 
report! Just as I twisted around to look, the Lark Sparrow perched right over 
my car; I was so glad to have a moon roof to take pictures through! 

> 
> I'd suggest keeping your tires on the road, as I did; cars seemed to have no 
trouble going around me, and the ground is super-saturated. 

> 
> Timewise, I arrived at about 3 pm, and left about 3:30, after watching the 
sparrow again back just inside the gate at it's original place. The bird didn't 
seem awfully skittish; it wasn't bothered by cars going by, or by the 3 birders 
who arrived after me, and were on the side of the entrance gate to the left (ie 
towards River Rd.) with scopes. 

> 
> Patricia Wood
> Silver Spring

Cruised by at 1:30 on the 6th and two kind folks pointed it out in the brush 
across from the Polo entrance. It sat up in for me and posed for 5 minutes. 


Stan Smith
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Subject: Frederick Co Shrike
From: Michael Welch <mjwelch244 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 15:20:11 -0500
The Loggerhead Shrike was present this afternoon around 1:45 just across
the field behind the white fence in a small tree.

Mike Welch
Frederick

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Subject: Re: C&O Canal conditions for Canal Count
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 19:37:58 -0500
My reconnoiter of miles 58 to 64+ showed:

4-6" of slushy snow at mile 58, which is bracketed by Short Hill Mtn
on one side and S. Mtn on the other.

At the area opposite Harpers Ferry where the sun can beam down
unimpeded by tree cover, the towpath is clear & dry.

At mile 64.9, 2-4" of snow covers the towpath.  More alarmingly, there
is a barrier blocking access to the towpath from the Dargan Bend
parking area stating the "area is closed" due to emergency conditions
[attached].  My assumption is that the focus of the sign is to keep
boaters off of the RAGING Potomac, but the meaning is unclear.

Jim Speicher
BroadRun/Burkittsville area
[FR] Frederick County
WA Co. MOS member

On 2/5/16, Jim Nelson  wrote:
> Last week my team decided to wait until this Saturday to do our section of
> the C&O Canal Count (miles 34, 25, and 36).  I went out scouting today at
> White’s Ferry in Montgomery County. The ferry is not operating due to the
> high water conditions on the Potomac which may also affect some parts of the
> towpath.  The stretch of the towpath that I checked out running downstream
> and upstream from White’s Ferry is bare in some places and in others has
> slushy snow with a maximum depth of 4 or 5 inches.  For those who are
> counting Saturday morning like us, I think we can expect pretty crunchy snow
> with overnight temperatures in the 20’s until the snow warms up enough to
> get soft again.  Conditions are greatly improved from last weekend.
>
> Wishing good birding to folks who are doing the C&O Canal Count this
> weekend.
>
> Jim Nelson
> Bethesda, MD
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Subject: Swan Creek 2/5/2016
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 19:02:36 -0500
Today's census was tough given the high winds, but there were still some
good finds. The local Common Ravens flew east over the site at 0923.
Checking the sparrow flocks in the restricted areas yielded 4 American Tree
Sparrows, 2 Field Sparrows, and a Fox Sparrow. A male NORTHERN PINTAIL
(uncommon here) was noted in the south cell. Full list below.

Tim Carney
Nottingham, MD

Swan Creek / Cox Creek, Anne Arundel, Maryland, US
Feb 5, 2016 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.2 mile(s)
Comments:     *** NOTE: Swan Creek/Cox Creek is an active industrial site
and mitigation project in northern Anne Arundel Co. Access is at the end of
Kembo Road off Fort Smallwood Road near 695. The site is open ONLY Monday
through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Please be in your car and leaving at
3:30 p.m.. Remember to always sign in at the office, to be on your best
behavior (people have worked hard to coordinate this access), and to stick
to permitted areas. This Swan Creek map linked here details where you are
and aren't allowed to walk.
http://www.billhubick.com/docs/swan_creek_map.jpg. ***
45 species

Canada Goose  10
Gadwall  8
Mallard  21
Northern Shoveler  25     Flagged as high count. Exact count of birds in
the DMCF.
Northern Pintail  1     Uncommon here. With a small group of Mallards.
Canvasback  2
Greater Scaup  1
Lesser Scaup  29
Bufflehead  67
Ruddy Duck  2253     Flagged as high count. 107 north cell; 205 south cell;
56+157+1728 out in the river.
Double-crested Cormorant  44
Great Blue Heron  1
Cooper's Hawk  1
Bald Eagle  2
Red-tailed Hawk (borealis)  1
Killdeer  3
Ring-billed Gull  26
Herring Gull (American)  96
Great Black-backed Gull  4
Belted Kingfisher  2
Downy Woodpecker  1
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  3
Peregrine Falcon  1
American Crow  1
Common Raven  2     Flagged as rare but expected at this location. Flew
east over the site at 0923.
Carolina Chickadee  4
Tufted Titmouse  2
Winter Wren  1
Carolina Wren  5
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
American Robin  2
Northern Mockingbird  3
European Starling  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  1
American Tree Sparrow  4
Field Sparrow  2
Fox Sparrow (Red)  1
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)  12
White-throated Sparrow  56
Song Sparrow  9
Swamp Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  20
Red-winged Blackbird  10
American Goldfinch  2

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Subject: No Ross's Goose or Lapland Longspurs at Mont. Co. locations 2/5/16
From: "Jim Nelson" <kingfishers2 AT verizon.net>
Date: Fri, 05 Feb 2016 18:06:02 -0500
As I was out scouting at White’s Ferry for our C&O Canal Count tomorrow, I 
checked the three locations where Ross’s Goose had been found in Montgomery 
County before and after the big snow. There were many Canada Geese present at 
the “Darnestown Rd. ponds” eBird hospot (in the Kentlands area) but no 
Ross’s. I also stopped at the two locations along Partnership Road where the 
Ross’s had been seen before the snow (the pond and the farm field a little 
south of there). There were plenty of Canadas in both places but no sign of a 
white goose. The pond has melted a bit and had Gadwall along with Mallards. 


I also checked the Homestead Farms spot on Sugarland Road where Lapland 
Longspur has been found before the big snow. There were a handful of Horned 
Larks present, but no longspurs. 


Jim Nelson
Bethesda, MD

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Subject: C&O Canal conditions for Canal Count
From: "Jim Nelson" <kingfishers2 AT verizon.net>
Date: Fri, 05 Feb 2016 17:56:57 -0500
Last week my team decided to wait until this Saturday to do our section of the 
C&O Canal Count (miles 34, 25, and 36). I went out scouting today at White’s 
Ferry in Montgomery County. The ferry is not operating due to the high water 
conditions on the Potomac which may also affect some parts of the towpath. The 
stretch of the towpath that I checked out running downstream and upstream from 
White’s Ferry is bare in some places and in others has slushy snow with a 
maximum depth of 4 or 5 inches. For those who are counting Saturday morning 
like us, I think we can expect pretty crunchy snow with overnight temperatures 
in the 20’s until the snow warms up enough to get soft again. Conditions are 
greatly improved from last weekend. 


Wishing good birding to folks who are doing the C&O Canal Count this weekend.

Jim Nelson
Bethesda, MD

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Subject: Lark Sparrow - yes!
From: Patricia Wood <pwood AT capaccess.org>
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 14:29:10 -0800 (PST)
Just as I came up to the entrance gate, I saw movement in the bushes on my side 
of the road, so quickly stopped so as not to scare whatever it was. First I saw 
3 juncos, then something that looked different flew across in front of me and 
back to the gate, landing on the exposed grass on the right of the entranceway. 
It was quickly followed by the juncos, and sure enough, it was the Lark 
Sparrow! I last saw them years ago when I lived in Texas, so this was a real 
treat. And where I had stopped was directly across the street from it, so 
really good look. Later, it flew back into the brush well ahead of me, then the 
little flock materialized just behind me, and I thank the birders who had 
arrived after me for alerting me to that as I sat in my car doing an eBird 
report! Just as I twisted around to look, the Lark Sparrow perched right over 
my car; I was so glad to have a moon roof to take pictures through! 


I'd suggest keeping your tires on the road, as I did; cars seemed to have no 
trouble going around me, and the ground is super-saturated. 


Timewise, I arrived at about 3 pm, and left about 3:30, after watching the 
sparrow again back just inside the gate at it's original place. The bird didn't 
seem awfully skittish; it wasn't bothered by cars going by, or by the 3 birders 
who arrived after me, and were on the side of the entrance gate to the left (ie 
towards River Rd.) with scopes. 


Patricia Wood
Silver Spring

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Subject: Lark Sparrow-No. Hughes Rd.
From: "'diane Ford' via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 21:26:31 +0000 (UTC)
Hi all,   Tried to chase a county bird today, the Lark Sparrow along Hughes 
Road. No dice. There were lots of other sparrows mostly White-throated, 
Juncosand 2 White-crowned Sparrows. Walked the road for over an hour. 


D.Ford/Bethesda, Md.

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Subject: [FR] Feeder Birds - Cowbirds & House Finches as exotics...!!!
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 16:09:59 -0500
On the 12/19/2015 WASH CO CBC I initially reported a LARGE flock of
Cowbirds [BHCO; 200+] to the compiler, before noticing that NONE had
been reported for the 2014 count.  I had to stop and think - because
it was an "unsavory" bird, I hadn't really bothered to more than
glance at them before moving on.  With that in mind I retracted them.

However, this morning I DO BELIEVE I saw a female Cowbird at the
feeder.  It gave a long seeing opportunity and seemed to have all the
appropriate field marks.  Stewart & Robbins [Birds of Md and DC; North
American Fauna #62; 1958] note that at the time of their publication
Cowbirds would be unusual in my section [Ridge & Valley/Piedmont] in
winter...

Also seen today as an exotic was an "orange phase" male House Finch
[HOFI] noted with an illustration in Peterson's 4th edition, p. 271.
It had also appeared once before in the aftermath of the BLIZ.

Jim Speicher
BroadRun/Burkittsville area
[FR] Frederick County
WA Co. MOS member

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Subject: Re: Shrike/Frederick Co
From: MICHAEL KERWIN Ellicott City Md <m63kerwin AT verizon.net>
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 12:59:57 -0800 (PST)
On Friday, February 5, 2016 at 10:00:45 AM UTC-5, Kye jenkins wrote:
> Tim Houghton is looking at The Loggerhead Shrike on dry brigde rd in 
Frederick Co/ He says its Beautiful!Kye Jenkins 


For those like me who need to look it up   Great word thanks Tim

as·so·nance
noun
noun: assonance; plural noun: assonances
in poetry, the repetition of the sound of a vowel or diphthong in nonrhyming 
stressed syllables near enough to each other for the echo to be discernible 
(e.g., penitence, reticence ). 


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Subject: Swan Harbor ducks (Harford Co.)
From: Mark Johnson <mj3151 AT outlook.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 15:50:10 -0500
There was a large (600+) raft of ducks north of the pier, in pretty close, in 
the direction of Tydings Marina this morning. I first spotted them from the 
boat ramp at Tydings, facing south. I drove down to Swan Harbor and found them 
from the end of the pier, where the strong NE winds were blowing them toward 
the pier. They were predominantly Canvasback, with good numbers of both Scaup 
in the mix, as well as at least one hen Redhead. They were straight out from 
the end of the pier when I left. Good numbers of Tundra Swan and Canada Geese 
were also in the area, as well as smaller numbers of Ruddy Duck, Common 
Merganser, etc. This was the first sizeable congregation of ducks I've 
encountered this winter, a welcome sight. 

Mark JohnsonAberdeen 		 	   		  

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Subject: Re: Lark Sparrow: Report Please ( seen or not)
From: Patricia Wood <pwood AT capaccess.org>
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 12:12:48 -0800 (PST)
Just saw the Lark sparrow! Usual spot.
Patricia Wood Silver spring 

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Subject: Toxostoma rufum Today in Lothian
From: "George Jett" <gmjett AT verizon.net>
Date: Fri, 05 Feb 2016 15:02:08 -0500
Folks

 

A new year yard bird showed up today.  See.

 

A tad soft since it was through a window and at a distance.  

 

For those unfamiliar with this scientific binomial Toxostoma rufum you may
know it as a Brown Thrasher.  BRTH to some.

 

The four Melanerpes erythrocephalus, Red-headed Woodpeckers, RHWO to others.
Looks like he is getting his adult head feathers in nicely.

 

One of my photo projects is to try to photograph 100 species at the property
in 2016.  The thrasher was #39 for 2016.

 

George

 

George Jett

gmjett AT verizon.net

www.georgejett.net

 

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Subject: Snow Bunting, Shriver Rd, Frederick Co.
From: Sharon F1727 <sharonf1727 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 09:14:34 -0800 (PST)
Failed to relocate Snow Bunting this morning. 
Sharon Forsyth
W/DC

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Subject: Shrike/Frederick Co
From: Sharon F1727 <sharonf1727 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 09:12:23 -0800 (PST)
Shrike still present at 11:30, perching on posts of white fence. 
Sharon Forsyth
W/DC

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Subject: Swans in Greensboro
From: Jerald R <jrebelboy AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 08:49:33 -0800 (PST)
The past two weeks there has been a large flock of 75-100 Tundra Swans just 
north of Greensboro on 313/Greensboro Road. There was also an adult Bald Eagle 
flying over today. 


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Subject: Re: Conowingo Dam Iceland Gull-yes (Harford Co.)
From: Gene Scarpulla <ejscarp AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 08:03:30 -0800 (PST)
On Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 2:11:52 PM UTC-5, Mark Johnson 2 wrote:
> I assume this is still the continuing first cycle bird originally spotted by 
Matt Hafner more than a month ago. The bird was flying wide loops out in front 
of the dam at 12:40 PM. There were probably 2000 gulls, flying and perched on 
the rocks on the Cecil side of the dam. I got a couple photos, but eventually 
lost track of the bird and couldn't relocate it in the fifteen minutes I was 
there. If it's the same bird, it doesn't appear to be perching in it's 
customary spot on the railing directly below the dam, so patience may be 
required. 

> 
> 
> Mark Johnson
> Aberdeen


After spending all day at Conowingo Dam for the Rock Run CBC (December 27, 
2015), three thoughts came to mind regarding this first-winter Iceland Gull: 

1) This gull was site-faithful throughout the entire day. This is a bit 
uncommon, since in past years, you could expect a rare gull to show up for a 
short while (minutes to hours), feed or loaf, and then disappear for the rest 
of the day. 

2) This gull has been site-faithful throughout the winter season. The gull was 
first observed by Matt Hafner, I believe on November 28, 2015. 

3) This raises a question: Due to the site-fidelity of this gull, and assuming 
that it will leave Conowingo when spring approaches, will the gull return next 
winter in second-winter plumage to spend the season at Conowingo Dam? Something 
to anticipate for next November. 


Gene Scarpulla
Bowie, MD

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Subject: Re: Brown Pelican--Baltimore City
From: "jcdlmartin via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 10:18:18 -0500
Here with Kevin. Pelican just flew farther up the harbor past Harbor Hospital 
toward Hanover Street Bridge and no longer visible from Fort. 


Joel Martin
Catonsville MD



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wrote: 

It flew into the cove out of view and should be visible from Masonville cove 
education center - Kevin Graff 
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Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network.   Original Message   From: 
keyweststyle2001 AT gmail.com Sent: Friday, February 5, 2016 9:56 AM To: Tim 
Carney; 'Bill Hubick' via Maryland & DC Birding Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Brown 
Pelican--Baltimore City Still there to R of barge filled with gravel. Joel M 
taking photos ‎. - Kevin Graff.   
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Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network.   Original Message   From: Tim Carney 
Sent: Friday, February 5, 2016 9:29 AM To: 'Bill Hubick' via Maryland & DC 
Birding Subject: [MDBirding] Brown Pelican--Baltimore City There is currently a 
Brown Pelican across the harbor from Ft. McHenry. Technically it's at the 
Masonville DMCF but on the dike which is restricted. It's on the riprap and 
blends in well, but was seen earlier in flight and catching fish. Found by Mike 
Musser of MES. So: Go to Ft. McHenry, NOT Masonville, and scope southwest. Tim 
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Subject: Re: Brown Pelican--Baltimore City
From: keyweststyle2001 AT gmail.com
Date: Fri, 05 Feb 2016 10:09:52 -0500
It flew into the cove out of view and should be visible from Masonville cove 
education center - Kevin Graff 


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To: Tim Carney; 'Bill Hubick' via Maryland & DC Birding
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Brown Pelican--Baltimore City

Still there to R of barge filled with gravel. Joel M taking photos ‎. - Kevin 
Graff.   


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From: Tim Carney
Sent: Friday, February 5, 2016 9:29 AM
To: 'Bill Hubick' via Maryland & DC Birding
Subject: [MDBirding] Brown Pelican--Baltimore City

There is currently a Brown Pelican across the harbor from Ft. McHenry. 
Technically it's at the Masonville DMCF but on the dike which is restricted. 
It's on the riprap and blends in well, but was seen earlier in flight and 
catching fish. Found by Mike Musser of MES. 


So: Go to Ft. McHenry, NOT Masonville, and scope southwest. 

Tim Carney
Nottingham, MD

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Subject: Shrike/Frederick Co
From: Kye jenkins <kyebird54 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 07:00:44 -0800 (PST)
Tim Houghton is looking at The Loggerhead Shrike on dry brigde rd in Frederick 
Co/ He says its Beautiful!Kye Jenkins 


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