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8 Dec Re: Two life birds in one day! [Warblerick ]
8 Dec Re: Two life birds in one day! [Warblerick ]
8 Dec Poplar Island 12/7/2016 [Tim Carney ]
08 Dec Reminder -- Seneca Christmas Bird Count, Sunday, Dec. 18-- we need counters and feeder watchers ["Jim Nelson" ]
7 Dec Re: TUNDRA SWANS at Blockhouse Point ["gyrfal via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
7 Dec Re: Snowy owl on Bay Bridge! [Patricia Wood ]
7 Dec Snowy owl on Bay Bridge! [Patricia Wood ]
7 Dec Bonanza of sparrows on WB&A ["thbeal via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
7 Dec Two life birds in one day! [Karen Caruso ]
7 Dec Re: Tundra Swans et al, Prince George's County [Marcia Watson ]
7 Dec Re: Ben's Point Rd. [Dan Haas ]
7 Dec Ben's Point Rd. [Tim Houghton ]
7 Dec RE: QA -No. Shrike - YES [Karen Caruso ]
7 Dec Re: Tundra Swans [JAMES SPEICHER ]
7 Dec Hart-Miller Island, 12/05/16 [Kevin Graff ]
7 Dec RE: QA -No. Shrike - YES ["jcdlmartin via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
7 Dec QA -No. Shrike - YES ["Bud Poole Baltimore, MD" ]
7 Dec Re: Tundra Swans [JB Churchill ]
7 Dec Tundra Swans [Jim Brighton ]
7 Dec QA -No. Shrike - YES ["Bud Poole Baltimore, MD" ]
6 Dec Snow Buntings and Ross's Geese continue at North Pt. SP [Gail Mackiernan ]
6 Dec Swan Creek 12/5 and Masonville 12/6 [Tim Carney ]
6 Dec Northern Shrike [Hugh David Fleischmann ]
6 Dec HAMPSHIRE COUNTY WV BIRD COUNT FRI DEC 30th -- all welcome [David Malakoff ]
06 Dec Voice of the Naturalist, Greater DC Area, 12/6/16 [Gerry Hawkins ]
6 Dec Orange-crowned Warbler at Masonville [Tim Carney ]
6 Dec Surf Scoters [Joe Hanfman ]
6 Dec BTYW today [Gail Mackiernan ]
06 Dec Black throated gray warbler YES [Pat Valdata ]
6 Dec Black-throated Gray continues at Tydings [Matt Hafner ]
06 Dec QA shrike [Kurt Schwarz ]
5 Dec Lois Y. Green Conservation Park -- Dec 05, 2016 [john pangborn ]
5 Dec Re: Sanderling or Sanpiper? Thanks [Jerald ]
5 Dec Sanderling or Sanpiper? Thanks [Bill R ]
5 Dec Late Lincoln's Sparrow at Cromwell Valley Park [Tim Carney ]
5 Dec Re: QA Northern Shrike [Mike Hudson ]
5 Dec Re: Re: Christmas Bird Count [Hugh McGuinness ]
5 Dec Re: Re: Christmas Bird Count [Marcia Watson ]
5 Dec Re: Christmas Bird Count [Andy Martin ]
5 Dec Christmas Bird Count [Hugh McGuinness ]
5 Dec Orange-crowned Warbler at Mt. Pleasant Conservancy, Howard, Dec 5 [Jim Wilkinson ]
5 Dec Re: QA Northern Shrike [Brenton Reyner ]
5 Dec Re: Black-throated Gray Warbler at Tydings [Gail Mackiernan ]
5 Dec Re: QA Northern Shrike [Kathy Calvert ]
5 Dec Re: Black-throated Gray Warbler at Tydings [Hugh McGuinness ]
5 Dec Re: Re: Brown Pelicans on Patuxent (Calvert) [Thomas Harten ]
5 Dec Re: Re: Brown Pelicans on Patuxent (Calvert) ["'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
5 Dec Black-throated Gray Warbler at Tydings [Matt Hafner ]
5 Dec Long-tailed Ducks at Rocky Gap [Jim Green ]
5 Dec North Point ["'Andrew Clemens' via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
4 Dec Re: Snow Buntings at North Point?? [Gregory Luce ]
4 Dec Ross' Goose & Snow Buntings Yes [Tommy Owens ]
4 Dec Black-throated Gray Warbler tips [Hugh McGuinness ]
3 Dec Re: Ross' Goose & Snow Buntings Yes [Mark Rositol ]
3 Dec Lapland Longspur with Snow Buntings on jetty ay North Point State Park this morning [Tom Eck ]
03 Dec RE: Ross' Goose & Snow Buntings Yes [roadwarrior71 ]
3 Dec Article in Nature on White-Throated Sparrows [Nitin Agarwal ]
3 Dec Blue Mash Nature Trail -- Dec 03, 2016 [john pangborn ]
3 Dec Odd Junco ["thbeal via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
3 Dec Gunners Lake ["gyrfal via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
3 Dec Btyw yes [Hugh McGuinness ]
3 Dec Ross' Goose & Snow Buntings Yes [Hugh McGuinness ]
3 Dec Northern Parula at Blandair Park, Howard, Dec 3 [Jim Wilkinson ]
30 Nov A ‘feathered mouse’ [James Wilson ]
29 Nov Mallard question [Pat Valdata ]
29 Nov Re: Re: Yellow headed Blackbird, Baltimore Co [Joe Hanfman ]
29 Nov Yellow headed Blackbird, Baltimore Co []
29 Nov Re: Yellow headed Blackbird, Baltimore Co []
29 Nov Re: Yellow headed Blackbird, Baltimore Co [Duvall Sollers ]
29 Nov Fwd: DC Area, 11/29/2016 [Lydia Schindler ]
29 Nov Yellow-headed Blackbird [Duvall Sollers ]
29 Nov Test, please disregard [Kurt Schwarz ]
29 Nov Eastern Neck NWR; Kent County [Mike Hudson ]
29 Nov Re: 3 Ross's Continue North Point. []
29 Nov 3 Ross's Continue North Point. [Kurt Schwarz ]
29 Nov Ross's Geese []

Subject: Re: Two life birds in one day!
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 8 Dec 2016 05:55:57 -0800 (PST)
On Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 6:06:01 PM UTC-5, Karen Caruso wrote:
> Started with the Black-throated Gray (Tydings Memorial Park in a Bald 
Cypress) 

> Polished it off with the Northern Shrike on Ben's Point Road.
> 
> Santa came early....

Congrats on the lifers Karen!

Rick Sussman
Woodbine,MD

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Subject: Re: Two life birds in one day!
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 8 Dec 2016 05:55:02 -0800 (PST)
On Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 6:06:01 PM UTC-5, Karen Caruso wrote:
> Started with the Black-throated Gray (Tydings Memorial Park in a Bald 
Cypress) 

> Polished it off with the Northern Shrike on Ben's Point Road.
> 
> Santa came early....

Congrats on the lifers Karen!

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Subject: Poplar Island 12/7/2016
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 8 Dec 2016 05:31:26 -0800 (PST)
I conduted a census at Poplar Island yesterday. It was pleasant but quiet on 
the island itself, but very active offshore, with large groups of waterfowl 
constantly in motion. 


On-site, highlights included one AMERICAN BITTERN in one of the wetland cells 
and a flock of 25 SNOW BUNTINGS in one of the undeveloped cells. 


Hopefully Poplar is the next stop for the Bay Bridge Snowy Owl.

eBird checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32910608

Tim Carney
Nottingham, MD

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Subject: Reminder -- Seneca Christmas Bird Count, Sunday, Dec. 18-- we need counters and feeder watchers
From: "Jim Nelson" <kingfishers2 AT verizon.net>
Date: Thu, 08 Dec 2016 06:52:48 -0500
This is a reminder. The annual Seneca Christmas Bird Count (CBC) will be held 
Sunday, December 18. The count circle has a radius of 7.5 miles, centered on 
Violette’s Lock on the C&O Canal on the Maryland side of the Potomac River, 
and covers a good portion Montgomery County (and areas of Fairfax and Loudoun 
counties in northern Virginia across the Potomac). 


I am the compiler for the Seneca CBC. The Seneca CBC has been conducted almost 
every year since 1955. Last year, our 111 counters in the field and 8 feeder 
watchers racked up 93 species and 25,946 individual birds. We could not have 
done this without the many volunteers who helped us, both old timers and new 
participants, counting in the field and in their yards. 


The Montgomery County portion of our count circle (described below) contains 
lots of interesting habitat and is very important to the success of our count. 
We can always use additional folks, regardless of your birding skill level, to 
help count birds in the field. Doing a CBC can be a lot of fun. Those of you 
who use eBird will find the CBC to be a natural fit. If you are interested in 
counting in the field, please contact me. Let me know where you are located and 
your level of birding experience, so I can place you in an appropriate sector. 
We love having newer birders join us, and we will make sure you are teamed with 
a more experienced person for the count. 


There is also an important role for folks who can’t get out in the field that 
day but live inside the count circle and like to watch birds in their yards and 
at their feeders. You can contribute very useful information to the CBC too. 


In Montgomery County, on the east side, the border of the count circle extends 
from the C&O Canal downstream of Great Falls, swinging up through Potomac north 
through the western parts of Rockville and Gaithersburg, and then arcing 
through the southern part of Germantown, passing just south of Boyds, taking in 
most of Poolesville, and then swinging south back to the Potomac a bit south 
and east of Edwards Ferry. If you live inside this area and you are interested 
in reporting the birds you observe in your yard and at your feeders on December 
18, please let me know. I can confirm whether you fall inside the count circle 
and make arrangements for you to send in your yard/feeder count. 


I will be happy to answer any questions you have about the CBC.

I look forward to your participation.

Thanks in advance.

Jim Nelson
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Subject: Re: TUNDRA SWANS at Blockhouse Point
From: "gyrfal via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2016 22:05:58 -0500
At 3:20 this PM I was walking the towpath at Blockhouse Point when I heard the 
unmistakable honking of Tundra Swans. Soon, two skeins, totaling about 50 birds 
came flying overhead from the north, crossing the river and headed south into 
VA. 



I suspect that these were the same birds that Don Sweig saw a few minutes 
later. 



What a treat!


Bob Mumford
Darnestown




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Subject: Re: Snowy owl on Bay Bridge!
From: Patricia Wood <pwood AT capaccess.org>
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2016 18:30:28 -0800 (PST)
On Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 6:48:15 PM UTC-5, Patricia Wood wrote:
> I've been looking at the Facebook MD Birding page, and reading about a 
sighting this afternoon of a Snowy on the bridge near Hemingway's. Since nobody 
else has posted it here, I thought I'd go ahead and do it. I wonder if it's the 
same one that hung out in that area before. Exciting! 

> 
> Patricia Wood
> Silver Spring

I just read through some more of the FB posts--someone asked the first poster 
(there were two separate ones) if she was sure. She replied that she works for 
DNR and knows what a snowy owl looks like. Another cool comment was that it was 
awesome to get to see a snowy owl and pelicans at the same time. 

Patricia Wood
Silver Spring

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Subject: Snowy owl on Bay Bridge!
From: Patricia Wood <pwood AT capaccess.org>
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2016 15:48:15 -0800 (PST)
I've been looking at the Facebook MD Birding page, and reading about a sighting 
this afternoon of a Snowy on the bridge near Hemingway's. Since nobody else has 
posted it here, I thought I'd go ahead and do it. I wonder if it's the same one 
that hung out in that area before. Exciting! 


Patricia Wood
Silver Spring

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Subject: Bonanza of sparrows on WB&A
From: "thbeal via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2016 18:15:02 -0500
Birded the WB&A Trail west from Hillmeade Rd to the end,including the lake just 
north of it on the Folly Branch. It was like surfing a wave of sparrows 
flushedfrom the weeds on either side. Pishingworked very well. Lots of birds 
besides sparrow too. 

 
Cardinal
Towhee
Savanah (a few) 
Junco
White-throated
White-crowned (1)
Fox (5)
Swamp
Song
 
GB Heron
Can Goose
Mallard
Wood Duck
TV
BV
Sharp-shinned
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Turkeys (seen more and more by old Glenn Dale Ag Center)
Ringed-billed Gull
Rock Dove
Mourn Dove
Kingfisher
Downy WP
Red-bellied WP
Y-B Sapsucker
Flicker
Blue Jay
Crow
Chickadee
Titmouse
C Wren
Mockingbird
Robin
Hermit Thrush
Bluebird
Starling
Y-R Warbler
R-C Kinglet
House Sp
R-W Blackbird
Grackle
House Finch
Goldfinch


Tom Beal
Glenn Dale, MD








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Subject: Two life birds in one day!
From: Karen Caruso <karen.caruso AT verizon.net>
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2016 15:06:00 -0800 (PST)
Started with the Black-throated Gray (Tydings Memorial Park in a Bald Cypress)
Polished it off with the Northern Shrike on Ben's Point Road.

Santa came early....

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Subject: Re: Tundra Swans et al, Prince George's County
From: Marcia Watson <marshwren50 AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2016 17:11:18 -0500
I had Tundra Swans this afternoon in Prince George's County: a flock of 31 on 
the water at Farmington Landing/Wharf Rd in Piscataway Park. Also a very large 
mixed flock of ducks, including both scaup, Ruddy, American Wigeon, Gadwall, 
Ring-Necked, a few Black, a few Shovelers, a few Pintail, and a few Canvasback. 
Could not find a Redhead. Coots also present. 


Marcia 
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Bowie, Maryland
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> On Dec 7, 2016, at 4:08 PM, JAMES SPEICHER  wrote:
> 
> [FR] Also noted my first TS calling in flight this afternoon, although no 
visual. They may have been locals who were simply moving around fields. I usu 
hear them in migration in early to mid-NOV heading bayward, but not this 
year... 

> 
> Jim Speicher
> Broad Run/Burkittsville area
> S FRED [FR] Co, etc.
> 
>> On Wed, Dec 7, 2016 at 8:42 AM, JB Churchill  wrote:
>> I hadn't seen any around in Western MD until recently and it occurred to me 
that it "seems late-ish". There were a few around yesterday with all the rain 
and ice at Broadford Lake, Deep Creek Lake, Peat Moss Road and there have been 
2 at Little Meadows Lake for a few days now. I also had 2 Snow Geese at 
Broadford Lake. 

>> J.B.
>> 
>> -- 
>> John B. Churchill
>> Frostburg, MD
>> http://www.jbchurchill.com/
>> 
>> 
>>> On Wed, Dec 7, 2016 at 7:55 AM, Jim Brighton  
wrote: 

>>> Hi everyone,
>>> 
>>> I just had my first of the season large flock (24) of Tundra Swans fly over 
the boatyard here in Oxford, MD. 

>>> 
>>> Jim Brighton
>>> Easton, MD
>>> jimbrighton3 AT gmail.com
>>> www.marylandbiodiversity.com
>>> 
>>> Sent from my iPhone
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Subject: Re: Ben's Point Rd.
From: Dan Haas <nervousbirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2016 16:20:22 -0500
For now, that is... until the Shrike gets 'em! 

;-)

Good Birding,

Dan Haas

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> On Dec 7, 2016, at 4:16 PM, Tim Houghton  wrote:
> 
> In case some people are interested, there are other nice birds, besides the 
shrike, in the area, such as palm warbler (3), red-breasted nuthatch (2), 
white-crowned sparrow (1), phoebe (1), and fox sparrow (2). 

> 
> 
> 
> Tim Houghton
> 
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Subject: Ben's Point Rd.
From: Tim Houghton <timhoughton AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2016 16:16:32 -0500 (EST)
In case some people are interested, there are other nice birds, besides the 
shrike, in the area, such as palm warbler (3), red-breasted nuthatch (2), 
white-crowned sparrow (1), phoebe (1), and fox sparrow (2). 



Tim Houghton

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Subject: RE: QA -No. Shrike - YES
From: Karen Caruso <karen.caruso AT verizon.net>
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2016 13:09:49 -0800 (PST)
Seen again around 3:00

Karen Caruso

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Subject: Re: Tundra Swans
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2016 16:08:33 -0500
[FR] Also noted my first TS calling in flight this afternoon, although no
visual.  They may have been locals who were simply moving around fields.  I
usu hear them in migration in early to mid-NOV heading bayward, but not
this year...

Jim Speicher
Broad Run/Burkittsville area
S FRED [FR] Co, etc.

On Wed, Dec 7, 2016 at 8:42 AM, JB Churchill  wrote:

> I hadn't seen any around in Western MD until recently and it occurred to
> me that it "seems late-ish". There were a few around yesterday with all the
> rain and ice at Broadford Lake, Deep Creek Lake, Peat Moss Road and there
> have been 2 at Little Meadows Lake for a few days now. I also had 2 Snow
> Geese at Broadford Lake.
> J.B.
>
> --
> John B. Churchill
> Frostburg, MD
> http://www.jbchurchill.com/
>
>
> On Wed, Dec 7, 2016 at 7:55 AM, Jim Brighton 
> wrote:
>
>> Hi everyone,
>>
>> I just had my first of the season large flock (24) of Tundra Swans fly
>> over the boatyard here in Oxford, MD.
>>
>> Jim Brighton
>> Easton, MD
>> jimbrighton3 AT gmail.com
>> www.marylandbiodiversity.com
>>
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Subject: Hart-Miller Island, 12/05/16
From: Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2016 15:54:09 -0500
12/05/16 – 710am-255pm

Hart-Miller Island, B Co., MD



WEATHER: Overcast/PC, 42-52 degrees, SW 3K- NW 5K   OBS: Kevin Graff, Joe
Hanfman, George Jett, Kurt Schwarz



Canada Goose – 175

Tundra Swan – 68

Gadwall – 81

American Wigeon – 57

American Black Duck – 166

Mallard – 12

Northern Shoveler – 9

Northern Pintail – 74

Green-winged Teal – 70
*WHITE-WINGED SCOTER – 4

Bufflehead – 34

Hooded Merganser – 70

Red-breasted Merganser – 61

Ruddy Duck – 41

Common Loon – 7

Pied-billed Grebe – 1

Double-crested Cormorant – 75

*BROWN PELICAN – 9

Great Blue Heron – 6

Turkey Vulture – 3

Northern Harrier – 1

Accipiter Sp – 1

Bald Eagle – 3

Red-shouldered Hawk – 1

Peregrine Falcon – 1

American Coot – 16

Killdeer – 1

Greater Yellowlegs– 1

Ring-billed Gull – 121

Herring Gull – 71

*LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL – 1 (2nd W)

Great Black-backed Gull – 82

Mourning Dove – 22

Great Horned Owl – 2

Red-bellied Woodpecker – 6

Downy Woodpecker – 2

Hairy Woodpecker – 1

Northern Flicker – 12

American Crow – 1

Crow Sp – 2

*HORNED LARK – 10

Carolina Chickadee – 2

Carolina Wren – 5

Winter Wren – 2

Golden-crowned Kinglet – 4

Ruby-crowned Kinglet – 5

Hermit Thrush – 1

American Robin – 1

European Starling – 4

*LAPLAND LONGSPUR – 1

*SNOW BUNTING – 95

*PINE WARBLER – 1

Yellow-rumped Warbler – 2

Eastern Towhee – 4

*AMERICAN TREE SPARROW – 2

Chipping Sparrow – 1

Field Sparrow – 5

Savannah Sparrow – 4

*SEASIDE SPARROW – 1

Fox Sparrow – 3

Song Sparrow – 160

Swamp Sparrow – 18

White-throated Sparrow – 60

*WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW – 4 (3 Eastern, 1 Gambel's.. photos)

“Slate-colored” Junco – 16

Northern Cardinal – 17

Red-winged Blackbird – 84

House Finch – 4

American Goldfinch – 19

SPECIES: 67   INDIVIDUALS: 1906



MAMMALS: Red Fox – 5



BUTTERLFIES: Orange Sulphur – 2, Common Buckeye – 2



MOTHS: Isabella Tiger Moth – 6 (Woolly Bear)


    Kevin Graff
    Jarrettsville, MD
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Subject: RE: QA -No. Shrike - YES
From: "jcdlmartin via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2016 12:12:36 -0500
Shrike seen again around 1130 in the same area described by Bud.

Joel Martin
Catonsville MD

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On Wednesday, December 7, 2016 Bud Poole Baltimore, MD  
wrote: 

Additional info: Last saw the Shrike on a bare tree in the line of cedar type 
trees between the vacant lot and white house on the left across the street from 
address 132. The entire time it worked the perimeter of the white house yard 
down to the 2nd development exit\entrance. Plenty of young (read: Not too dang 
tall) bare trees which make for great viewing. A Mockingbird was pestering the 
shrike when I left  AT  8:15 but plenty of Goldfinch to feed on and quite vocal 
about it. 


Bud Poole
Patterson Park

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Subject: QA -No. Shrike - YES
From: "Bud Poole Baltimore, MD" <budpoole343 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2016 07:12:11 -0800 (PST)
Additional info: Last saw the Shrike on a bare tree in the line of cedar type 
trees between the vacant lot and white house on the left across the street from 
address 132. The entire time it worked the perimeter of the white house yard 
down to the 2nd development exit\entrance. Plenty of young (read: Not too dang 
tall) bare trees which make for great viewing. A Mockingbird was pestering the 
shrike when I left  AT  8:15 but plenty of Goldfinch to feed on and quite vocal 
about it. 


Bud Poole
Patterson Park

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Subject: Re: Tundra Swans
From: JB Churchill <jchurchi AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2016 08:42:36 -0500
I hadn't seen any around in Western MD until recently and it occurred to me
that it "seems late-ish". There were a few around yesterday with all the
rain and ice at Broadford Lake, Deep Creek Lake, Peat Moss Road and there
have been 2 at Little Meadows Lake for a few days now. I also had 2 Snow
Geese at Broadford Lake.
J.B.

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On Wed, Dec 7, 2016 at 7:55 AM, Jim Brighton  wrote:

> Hi everyone,
>
> I just had my first of the season large flock (24) of Tundra Swans fly
> over the boatyard here in Oxford, MD.
>
> Jim Brighton
> Easton, MD
> jimbrighton3 AT gmail.com
> www.marylandbiodiversity.com
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Subject: Tundra Swans
From: Jim Brighton <jimbrighton3 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2016 07:55:54 -0500
Hi everyone,

I just had my first of the season large flock (24) of Tundra Swans fly over the 
boatyard here in Oxford, MD. 


Jim Brighton
Easton, MD
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Subject: QA -No. Shrike - YES
From: "Bud Poole Baltimore, MD" <budpoole343 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2016 04:23:43 -0800 (PST)
 AT 7:18am Bird continuing on Ben's Point Rd. Past address 132 down to what I 
believe is the second entrance to the "Preserve" development. 


Bud Poole
Patterson Park

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Subject: Snow Buntings and Ross's Geese continue at North Pt. SP
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 6 Dec 2016 15:09:14 -0500
Hi all,

On my way some from a successful twitch of the Black-throated Gray Warbler, I 
decided to try for the Snow Buntings and also see if there were any blackbirds 
about, having missed the Yellow-headed last week. 


Started to rain as I reached the park, but not too bad so walked out on the 
Crystal Pier and was rewarded with very close connection with two Snow Buntings 
at the very en. (No sign of the third one). Had left my good camera in the car 
but managed some ok shots with just my iPhone, they were that tame.However they 
were almost the only birds seen at the shoreline, almost nothing out on the 
water at this time. 


I did find a flock of about 350 blackbirds at Todd's Inheritance, mostly 
Cowbirds, and had very good looks as they foraged in the field directly across 
North Point Rd. Alas, no YHBL... 


The three Ross' Geese were still in the North Point Park field.

Gail Mackiernan
Colesville, MD

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Subject: Swan Creek 12/5 and Masonville 12/6
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 6 Dec 2016 11:10:53 -0800 (PST)
I surveyed Swan Creek yesterday and Masonville today. Highlights were as 
follows... 


There was a flock of 34 SNOW BUNTINGS foraging on the inner walls of the DMCF 
at Swan Creek. Unlike the North Point birds, these buntings were extremely 
skittish. I also saw 4 BROWN PELICANS flying up the bay and scoped 31 total 
perched on the concrete structures north of Fort Armistead. Other good birds at 
Swan Creek included Northern Pintail, Virginia Rail, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, 
and American Pipit. Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, and Fox Sparrow were 
more numerous than usual. 


eBird list: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32892331

As mentioned in an earlier post, there was an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER at 
Masonville today. I also found a male Common Goldeneye in the DMCF (restricted) 
which is barely annual at that location. 


eBird list: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32891526

Tim Carney
Nottingham, MD

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Subject: Northern Shrike
From: Hugh David Fleischmann <david AT macappraisals.com>
Date: Tue, 6 Dec 2016 11:05:46 -0500
The Northern Shrike is still being seen in Queen Annes County. It was perched 
on a tree at the intersection of Bens Point Road and Bridle Lane. Thank you Dan 
Smalls for the great eyesight and letting us know about this great bird. 


Awesome birding in 2016.  

Hugh David Fleischmann

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Subject: HAMPSHIRE COUNTY WV BIRD COUNT FRI DEC 30th -- all welcome
From: David Malakoff <malakoff AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 6 Dec 2016 10:01:05 -0800 (PST)
Participate in a great count based at a rustic lodge along the Cacapon River 2 
hours west of DC... 


HAMPSHIRE COUNTY CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT
FRIDAY DECEMBER 30, 2016
at Cold Stream Lodge - Capon Bridge WV (directions below)

Join us for delicious meals, good companionship and – we hope – great 
birding. 

Arrive on Thursday night, bird from dawn ‘til dark on Friday, then gather for 
dinner and the tally rally. You can stay over Friday night and leave Saturday 
morning if you like. 

Bring your own sleeping bag, pillow, warm clothes, thermos (hot chocolate & 
coffee provided), bird books and binocs. 

Help us avoid food waste & keep everyone’s cost down by letting us know how 
many meals you will be joining us for. (Thursday dinner, Friday breakfast, 
lunch and dinner.) 

Estimated cost: $35 per person (includes food, shelter, etc; no pro-rating)

PASS THIS NOTE ALONG TO ANYONE YOU THINK MIGHT BE INTERESTED. BIRDERS OF ALL 
ABILITIES WELCOME. 


Please let us know you are coming by emailing: 
David Malakoff (Cell: 703-851-2206)
malakoff AT comcast.net
Vini Schoene
bcws2 AT earthlink.net

Directions: Cold Stream Lodge is about 2 hours west of Washington, D.C. To get 
there (from the D.C. area) go west on Route 66 to: 81N/37N/50W or Dulles Toll 
Road to: Route 7/81N/37S/50W. From Winchester it is 19 miles to Capon Bridge, 
West Virginia. 

In Capon Bridge: On Route 50W, come down the mountain in Capon Bridge, cross 
the Cacapon River bridge, turn right onto Cold Stream Road (at the churches). 
Go about 3.4 miles and watch for “Cold Stream Lodge” sign and parking on 
the left (where the road take a left curve away from the river). The Lodge 
phone # is 304-856-3995. 


Remember – Life is dangerous and the Adams/Schoenes/Cold Stream Lodge are not 
responsible for accidents! 

If you do not want to be on our invitation list for future mailings (or know 
someone who should be), please let us know. 


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Subject: Voice of the Naturalist, Greater DC Area, 12/6/16
From: Gerry Hawkins <maineusa AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:58:37 -0500
Hotline:     Voice of the Naturalist
Date:        12/6/2016
Coverage:    MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments and questions: voice AT anshome.org
Compiler:    Gerry Hawkins
Sponsor:     Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central
               Atlantic States (independent of NAS)
Transcriber: Steve Cordle

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,
November 29 and was completed on Tuesday, December 6 at 10:15 a.m.

Information on noteworthy birds is presented below in taxonomic order,
as set forth in the American Ornithologists' Union Checklist for North
and Middle American birds, as revised through the 57th Supplement
(July 2016).

The top birds this week were RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD in MD, LESSER
GOLDFINCH* in VA, BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER* in MD and VA, WESTERN
TANAGER* in VA, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD in MD and BULLOCK'S ORIOLE* in
VA.  

Other birds of interest this week included GREATER WHITE-FRONTED,
SNOW, ROSS'S and CACKLING GEESE, TRUMPETER SWAN, EURASIAN WIGEON,
COMMON EIDER, HARLEQUIN DUCK, WHITE-WINGED and BLACK SCOTERS,
LONG-TAILED DUCK, RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, SANDHILL CRANE, AMERICAN
AVOCET, PIPING PLOVER, AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER,
BLACK-HEADED and ICELAND GULLS, RED-THROATED LOON, GREAT CORMORANT,
AMERICAN WHITE and BROWN PELICANS, CATTLE EGRET, GREEN HERON, GLOSSY
IBIS, RED-TAILED HAWK (NORTHERN), GOLDEN and BALD EAGLES, SHORT-EARED
OWL, LOGGERHEAD and NORTHERN SHRIKES, CAVE SWALLOW, BLACK-CAPPED
CHICKADEE, EVENING GROSBEAK, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, SNOW BUNTING,
ORANGE-CROWNED and NASHVILLE WARBLERS, NORTHERN PARULA, PALM,
BLACK-THROATED GREEN, PRAIRIE and WILSON'S WARBLERS, VESPER, LARK, LE
CONTE'S, LINCOLN'S and WHITE-CROWNED (GAMBEL'S) SPARROWS, PAINTED
BUNTING, DICKCISSEL and BALTIMORE ORIOLE.
   
TOP BIRDS

A continuing young female RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD was seen in Wildewood,
St. Mary's Co, MD on December 1-3.

A continuing first state record LESSER GOLDFINCH* was last seen in a
residential back yard in Virginia Beach, VA early in the morning on
November 29. If it returns the homeowner intends to provide new
directions for those interested in looking for this bird.

After a four-day absence a BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER* was again seen
in a mixed species flock in or near Tydings Memorial Park, Harford Co,
MD on December 2-6. On November 30 a resident of Fairfax, VA reported
a brief appearance by another BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER* in his
yard. 

A male WESTERN TANAGER* has been seen almost daily since it returned
to a residential feeder in Settlers' Mill, Williamsburg, VA on
November 4 for the eighth winter in a row.

On November 29 and 30 and December 1 a YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was
spotted in a large starling, cowbird and blackbird flock in a field
near the entrance to North Point SP and nearby in Baltimore Co, MD.

On December 2 a male BULLOCK'S ORIOLE* was photographed at Back Bay
NWR, Virginia Beach, VA. This bird was originally spotted in the
parking lot area near the trailhead for the Kuralt Trail and flew to
the right side of the gravel road just after the nearby ponds.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

On December 4 four GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE visited Shearness Pool
at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE. On December 4 and 5 two GREATER
WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, and on December 4 a single continuing SNOW GOOSE,
were seen in Deep Creek Lake, Garrett Co, MD. Three continuing ROSS'S
GEESE were seen at North Point SP, Baltimore Co, MD all week,
typically in a cove at the southern end of the park during the day and
in fields near the park entrance early in the morning and around
sunset. A continuing CACKLING GOOSE at Silver Lake in Rehoboth, Sussex
Co, DE was most recently reported on December 1.

A longstanding tagged TRUMPETER SWAN that frequents Lake Churchill and
nearby Gunner's Lake in Montgomery Co, MD was last seen at the former
location on December 5.

A EURASIAN WIGEON was spotted in a very large number of ducks in Tubby
Cove at Eastern Neck NWR, Kent Co, MD on December 1 and 2 and at the
Craney Island Disposal Area, Portsmouth, VA on December 2. Noteworthy
diving ducks included a COMMON EIDER and a WHITE-WINGED SCOTER at
Grandview Nature Preserve, Hampton, VA on December 2; a COMMON EIDER
at Indian River Inlet, Sussex Co, DE on December 3; and a COMMON EIDER
off the fishing pier at Cape Henlopen SP, Sussex Co, DE on December 4.
Two continuing HARLEQUIN DUCKS were reported at the Ocean City Inlet,
Worcester Co, MD on December 4. Inland, a female WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
was photographed at Dyke Marsh WP, Fairfax Co, VA early in the morning
on December 4 and a male BLACK SCOTER was photographed in Sandy River
Reservoir from the end of Gates-Bass Road in Prince Edward Co, VA on
December 2-4. In addition, on December 5 four LONG-TAILED DUCKS were
discovered at Rocky Gap SP, Allegany Co, MD.

Late RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS included a continuing female at a
feeder in Virginia Beach, VA on November 29 and December 3.

On December 4 two continuing SANDHILL CRANES were seen along Rock
Lodge Road in Garrett Co, MD.

Large numbers of AMERICAN AVOCETS were seen during the week at Bombay
Hook NWR, Prime Hook NWR and Lewes, DE, with a high of 90 individuals
at Prime Hook NWR-Broadkill Marsh on December 2. On the same day eight
AMERICAN AVOCETS were seen at the Craney Island Disposal Area,
Portsmouth, VA. On December 3 an AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER made an
unusual appearance at Upper Hooper's Island in Dorchester Co, MD.
Other noteworthy shorebirds included a continuing late PIPING PLOVER
at Swan Cove, Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA on December 2-4 and a
high of four late LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co,
DE on December 3 and 4.

On December 4 a BLACK-HEADED GULL was seen again at Swan Cove in
Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA. An ICELAND GULL was present for a
short period in the Washington Channel side of Hains Point,
Washington, DC early in the morning on December 4.

An inland RED-THROATED LOON was seen at the C & O Canal ? Violette's
Lock, Montgomery Co, MD on November 29 and December 1.

Sightings of GREAT CORMORANT included an area high ten individuals at
Island #4 at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, Northampton Co, VA on
December 3 and six individuals at Black Walnut Point, Talbot Co, MD on
December 1 and 3. A single GREAT COROMORANT was reported at Ocean City
Inlet, Worcester Co, MD on December 4 and 5.

On December 2 six AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS were seen in flight at Back
Bay NWR, Virginia Beach, VA. AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS continue at
Blackwater NWR, Dorchester Co, MD, with a high of 45 individuals
reported along Wildlife Drive on December 3. BROWN PELICANS continue
to move up the Chesapeake Bay, with highs of 300 and 285 individuals
at the east and west ends of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in Queen Anne's
Co and Anne Arundel Co, MD, respectively, on December 4.

CATTLE EGRETS included an area high 12 individuals along Morris Neck
Road in Virginia Beach, VA on December 4 and five individuals as far
north as Little Creek Horse Pasture in Kent Co, DE on November 30 and
December 1, 3 and 5. On December 4 a very late GREEN HERON was found
at Sandy Bottom Nature Park, Hampton, VA.

A single GLOSSY IBIS was seen at Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA on
December 2 and 4. 

On December 4 a dark form of the RED-TAILED HAWK (NORTHERN) that is
considered by some authorities to be a separate subspecies was
photographed near the intersection of Route 213 and Lynch Road in Kent
Co, MD. A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen perched and in flight along the
Shenandoah River from Locke's Mill Road in Clark Co, VA on December 1
and in flight over the Pickering Creek Audubon Center, Talbot Co, MD
on December 3. On December 1 observers at the Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
in Waynesboro, VA saw a GOLDEN EAGLE and 18 BALD EAGLES, which tied
the second-highest single day count for BALD EAGLES in the history of
this hawk watch and broke its prior all-time season record for BALD
EAGLES of 280 by ten.

On December 3 two SHORT-EARED OWLS were photographed along Port Mahon
Road in Kent Co, DE, and on December 4 one was photographed over
Shearness Pool at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE. At dusk on December 4
two SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen at the top of the hill and in the field
across from the ponds along Bells Lane in Staunton, VA.

The continuing NORTHERN SHRIKE* at the Sully Woodlands in Fairfax Co,
VA was seen all week. On December 4-6 another NORTHERN SHRIKE was
found along 123-132 Bens Point Road in Queen Anne's Co, MD. On
December 2-4 a continuing LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was seen along Featherbed
Road, about 0.5 mile south of the intersection with Rt. 340 in Clarke
Co, VA, and on December 3 another apparent LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was seen
perched on a wire along Route 50 about 1.3 miles east of the entrance
to Blandy Experimental Farm/State Arboretum of Virginia in the same
Virginia county. On December 4 a continuing LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was seen
along Burwells Bay Road a short distance north of the intersection
with Purvis Lane in Isle of Wight, VA.

On December 2 a single CAVE SWALLOW was photographed in flight over
Swan Creek Wetland-Cox Creek, Anne Arundel Co, MD.

An irruption of BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES in the reporting area
continued, with confirmed sightings including two individuals at Swan
Harbor Farm Park, Harford Co, MD on December 2; one continuing
individual at Mt. Vista Park, Baltimore Co, MD on December 4; one
individual at Blairs Valley Lake, Washington Co, MD on December 2; one
individual at Blandy Experimental Farm/State Arboretum of Virginia,
Clarke Co, VA on December 3; one individual at Whitaker Woods, Cecil
Co, MD on December 4; one individual at Hydes Roads Park, Baltimore
Co, MD on December 4; and one individual at Tydings Memorial Park,
Harford Co, MD on December 5.

On December 3 an EVENING GROSBEAK was photographed at a feeder at 5624
Dumfries Road, Fauquier Co, VA.

On December 1 and 3-5 a high of eight LAPLAND LONGSPURS, and on
December 1 and 3 a high of four SNOW BUNTINGS, were seen along
Cartanza Road in Kent Co, DE. On December 3 a single LAPLAND LONGSPUR
was briefly seen with the three continuing SNOW BUNTINGS on the rocks
and short grass near the end of Crystal Pier at North Point SP,
Baltimore Co, MD. Also in Maryland, an area high 95 SNOW BUNTINGS were
counted during the regular weekly survey of Hart-Miller Island in
Baltimore Co on December 5, and 12 SNOW BUNTINGS were found on Battery
Island in Harford Co on the same day. In Virginia a high of eight
continuing SNOW BUNTINGS were seen in sand dunes at First Landing SP
in Virginia Beach on November 29 and December 3-5, and seven SNOW
BUNTINGS were found at the Craney Island Disposal Area in Portsmouth
on December 2. 

Individual ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were seen at Tydings Memorial Park,
Harford Co, MD on December 1; Piscataway Park, Prince George's Co, MD
on December 2 and 4; and Mount Pleasant Farm-Howard County
Conservancy, Howard Co, MD on December 5, and two ORANGE-CROWNED
WARBLERS were seen at Burton's Island in Delaware Seashore SP, Sussex
Co, DE on December 2 and 4. Late migratory warblers included a
NASHVILLE WARBLER and a BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER found at Tydings
Memorial Park, Harford Co, MD on December 3; a NORTHERN PARULA
photographed at Blandair Park, Howard Co, MD on December 3; PALM
WARBLERS at several locations; a PRAIRIE WARBLER photographed at
Princess Anne WMA-Beasley Tract, Virginia Beach, VA on December 4; a
continuing WILSON'S WARBLER at the south end of the picnic area at
Dyke Marsh WP, Fairfax Co, VA on December 2 and 4; and a
YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT at False Cape SP, Virginia Beach, VA on December
4.   

On December 3 and 4 a VESPER SPARROW was seen in the same area as the
SNOW BUNTINGS at First Landing SP, Virginia Beach, VA. A LARK SPARROW
was seen again at Back Bay NWR, Virginia Beach, VA on December 1-5 and
at Magothy Bay Natural Area Preserve, Northampton Co, VA on December
3. On December 4 a LE CONTE'S SPARROW was photographed at Princess
Anne WMA-Beasley Tract, Virginia Beach, VA. Two LINCOLN'S SPARROWS
were found along the Richmond-Danville Trail in Pittsylvania Co, VA on
December 2, and one was found on the north side of Lake Roland in
Baltimore Co, MD on December 4 and at Cromwell Valley Park, Baltimore
Co, MD on December 5. A white-lored WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW (GAMBEL'S)
was found during the weekly survey of Hart-Miller Island, Baltimore
Co, MD on December 5.

On December 4 a female PAINTED BUNTING was seen at 816 Davenport Lane,
Virginia Beach, VA. A continuing DICKCISSEL was most recently seen at
a residential feeder in Charlottesville, VA on December 4.

Late songbirds also included individual BALTIMORE ORIOLES at a feeder
in Lynchburg, VA on November 29 and 30 and December 1, 2 and 4; a
feeder at 13534 Seashore Highway, Sussex Co, DE on December 1;
Piscataway Park, Prince George's Co, MD on December 2; the National
Arboretum, Washington, DC on December 3 and 4; and Dyke Marsh WP,
Fairfax Co, VA on December 4.

***

This week's report was based on reports on the DE, MD, VA, and WV list
servers, eBird records and various birding pages on Facebook.

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.

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Subject: Orange-crowned Warbler at Masonville
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 6 Dec 2016 10:01:47 -0500
There is an Orange-crowned Warbler at Masonville in Baltimore City. It was in 
the restricted area but made its way behind the Education Center, specifically 
the NE side of where the stream enters the harbor. It is closely associating 
with a Ruby-crowned Kinglet. 


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Subject: Surf Scoters
From: Joe Hanfman <auk1844 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 6 Dec 2016 09:22:25 -0500
A huge flock of Surf Scoters is off Matapeake Pier in Queen Anne's. I counted 
1850 and took 19 photos of sections of the flock. Only saw 6 Black Scoters with 
them plus several other expected ducks. 


Joe Hanfman
Columbia, MD

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Subject: BTYW today
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 6 Dec 2016 08:59:04 -0500
Seen at 8:15 near playground feeding in small bare trees, then flew to single 
spruce near playground, then to dawn redwood and fed before flying up Union at 
about 8:35, where we lost him. It was alone all the time and silent except for 
a few brief chips at one point. 


Gail Mackiernan
Colesville, MD

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Subject: Black throated gray warbler YES
From: Pat Valdata <pvaldata1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 06 Dec 2016 08:45:22 -0500
The warbler showed really well for about 10-15 minutes just now in the park, 
first in the trio of crabapple (?) trees and then in the conifer by the 
playground. It then flew into the dawn redwood, then we lost it in the sycamore 
across the street. By itself each time, very active and often in the open. 
Great views! Finally! 



Pat Valdata 
Elkton, MD

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Subject: Black-throated Gray continues at Tydings
From: Matt Hafner <hafner.matt AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 6 Dec 2016 08:41:23 -0500
Pat Valdata reports the Black-throated Gray Warbler by the playground at
Tydings Memorial Park in Harvre de Grace.

Good birding!

Matt Hafner
Forest Hill, MD

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Subject: QA shrike
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:33:22 +0000
Currently in view Bens Pont Road top is sapling between a gray and red
barn, south side. 129-130 Bens Point.

Kurt Schwarz
Ellicott City
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Subject: Lois Y. Green Conservation Park -- Dec 05, 2016
From: john pangborn <pangborn.john19 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2016 21:36:46 -0800
Traveling
1.70 miles
182 minutes

24 Canada Goose
13 American Black Duck
24 Mallard
12 Ring-necked Duck
3 Hooded Merganser
1 Ruddy Duck
1 Great Blue Heron
1 Cooper's Hawk
1 Downy Woodpecker
2 Northern Flicker
8 Blue Jay
4 American Crow
3 Fish Crow
1 White-breasted Nuthatch
6 Carolina Wren
2 Eastern Bluebird
3 American Robin
2 Northern Mockingbird
2 Field Sparrow
1 Fox Sparrow
3 Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)
6 White-throated Sparrow
9 Song Sparrow
1 Swamp Sparrow
4 Northern Cardinal

Number of Taxa: 25
John pangborn
Gaithersburg md

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Subject: Re: Sanderling or Sanpiper? Thanks
From: Jerald <jrebelboy AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2016 23:28:11 -0500
Bill,

That's a Sanderling.

Jerald

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Subject: Sanderling or Sanpiper? Thanks
From: Bill R <brogg9 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2016 19:54:43 -0800 (PST)
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Subject: Late Lincoln's Sparrow at Cromwell Valley Park
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2016 14:33:56 -0800 (PST)
There was a late LINCOLN'S SPARROW (LISP) with many other sparrows on the 
brushy hillside above the Sherwood mansion at Cromwell Valley Park this 
afternoon. I went with the hopes that another Northern Shrike turned up on my 
side of the Bay Bridge, but no luck. Still, the LISP was a nice consolation 
prize. 


The entire park was extremely birdy. There were good-sized sparrow flocks above 
the Sherwood mansion, along the streambed running parallel to the Sherwood Farm 
entrance road, in the field behind the blue trail, and at the hawkwatch 
feeders. 


eBird list with LISP photos: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32881889

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Nottingham, MD

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Subject: Re: QA Northern Shrike
From: Mike Hudson <mike.p.hudson AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2016 17:05:26 -0500
The bird was still present from about 3:30-4:30 this afternoon, and put on 
quite a show. It sang sporadically for the full hour, and covered quite a bit 
of ground. It started against the green barn, before crossing the road to the 
near patch of red cedars. While there it began hunting actively; while I was 
there it caught and ate a cricket, and went after a Ruby-crowned Kinglet and a 
Myrtle Warbler. 


Good birding! 

Mike Hudson 
Chestertown, MD 

> On Dec 5, 2016, at 1:00 PM, Brenton Reyner  wrote:
> 
> Bird is still present. Briefly gave great looks. Moving around quite a bit.
> 
> Brenton Reyner
> 
> Montgomery County
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> Sent from my iPhone
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>> On Dec 5, 2016, at 10:29 AM, Kathy Calvert  wrote:
>> 
>> The NSHR was spotted this morning by Daniel Irons. I got there moments later 
and we were joined by Marcia Balestri. The bird had a cache of an impaled 
American Goldfinch. It sang and posed on tall trees and a silo before returning 
and retrieving the cache. It was out of sight for a while but Marcia has just 
seen it again so it is still in the area. 

>> 
>> Thanks, Dan!
>> 
>> Kathy Calvert
>> Frederick County
>> 
>> Sent from my iPhone 
>> 
>>> On Dec 4, 2016, at 6:03 PM, Dan Small  wrote:
>>> 
>>> All, 
>>> 
>>> Late this afternoon I found a hatch-year Northern Shrike in QA Co. I first 
saw the bird briefly in the housing development called The Preserve at SE Creek 
(one wonders what they are preserving?!?) and then it moved to and down Ben's 
Point Rd. I last saw it in the area of driveway 132 that is lined with 
Paulownia trees, it hunted in the area and then moved over to the south side of 
the street into the Red Cedars at the white house. 

>>> 
>>> Dan Small
>>> Chestertown, MD
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Subject: Re: Re: Christmas Bird Count
From: Hugh McGuinness <hdmcguinness AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2016 16:59:53 -0500
Hi Andy,

That issue of the Maryland Yellowthroat is sitting on my bedside table
unopened. Doh! But the link that you have sent is perfect.

Thanks, Hugh

On Mon, Dec 5, 2016 at 4:23 PM, Andy Martin  wrote:

> Hugh - go http://www.mdbirds.org/publications/yellowthroat/pdf/yt3605.pdf
> and check out the Yellowthroat Calendar (Nov/Dec issue) compiled by Marilyn
> Veek. It lists all the MD CBCs plus those on the eastern shore of VA, VA
> counts close to DC and also some counts adjacent to MD in WV and PA.
>
> A big thank you to Marilyn Veek for all the hard work she puts into the
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> On Monday, December 5, 2016 at 4:04:49 PM UTC-5, Hugh McGuinness wrote:
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> their dates and compilers (with contact info)?
> >
> > Please respond offline unless you think this would be good info to share
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Subject: Re: Re: Christmas Bird Count
From: Marcia Watson <marshwren50 AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2016 16:39:27 -0500
And you can see a national map with all the Christmas Bird Count circles at 

http://audubon.maps.arcgis.com/apps/View/index.html?appid=3dcefef2f4654a94960fc3c8d1cfcc6d 


Marcia 
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> On Dec 5, 2016, at 4:23 PM, Andy Martin  wrote:
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> Hugh - go http://www.mdbirds.org/publications/yellowthroat/pdf/yt3605.pdf and 
check out the Yellowthroat Calendar (Nov/Dec issue) compiled by Marilyn Veek. 
It lists all the MD CBCs plus those on the eastern shore of VA, VA counts close 
to DC and also some counts adjacent to MD in WV and PA. 

> 
> A big thank you to Marilyn Veek for all the hard work she puts into the 
calendar each issue! 

> 
> Andy Martin
> Gaithersburg
> 
>> On Monday, December 5, 2016 at 4:04:49 PM UTC-5, Hugh McGuinness wrote:
>> Is there any one place where one can go to see all the regional CBCs, their 
dates and compilers (with contact info)? 

>> 
>> Please respond offline unless you think this would be good info to share 
with the list. 

>> 
>> Hugh
>> 
>> 
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Subject: Re: Christmas Bird Count
From: Andy Martin <apmartin2 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2016 13:23:27 -0800 (PST)
Hugh - go http://www.mdbirds.org/publications/yellowthroat/pdf/yt3605.pdf and 
check out the Yellowthroat Calendar (Nov/Dec issue) compiled by Marilyn Veek. 
It lists all the MD CBCs plus those on the eastern shore of VA, VA counts close 
to DC and also some counts adjacent to MD in WV and PA. 


A big thank you to Marilyn Veek for all the hard work she puts into the 
calendar each issue! 


Andy Martin
Gaithersburg

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> Is there any one place where one can go to see all the regional CBCs, their 
dates and compilers (with contact info)? 

> 
> Please respond offline unless you think this would be good info to share with 
the list. 

> 
> Hugh
> 
> 
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Subject: Christmas Bird Count
From: Hugh McGuinness <hdmcguinness AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2016 16:04:46 -0500
Is there any one place where one can go to see all the regional CBCs, their
dates and compilers (with contact info)?

Please respond offline unless you think this would be good info to share
with the list.

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Subject: Orange-crowned Warbler at Mt. Pleasant Conservancy, Howard, Dec 5
From: Jim Wilkinson <lakekoshare AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2016 12:38:57 -0800 (PST)
This morning I found an Orange crowned Warbler at the Howard Conservancy 
property. It was with a flock of sparrows, juncos and goldfinches foraging 
along a tributary to Davis Branch in the northwest corner of the property. I've 
attached a map of the location and a link to a photo on my flickr page. 
Unfortunately I could not get a very good picture of the bird. There is stream 
restoration going on along Davis Branch but Conservancy staff said it should be 
OK to bird if construction is not going on in the immediate area. 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/92602377 AT N06/30632616993/in/dateposted-public/

Jim Wilkinson
Columbia, MD

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Subject: Re: QA Northern Shrike
From: Brenton Reyner <brenton5432 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2016 13:00:00 -0500
Bird is still present. Briefly gave great looks. Moving around quite a bit.

Brenton Reyner

Montgomery County

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> On Dec 5, 2016, at 10:29 AM, Kathy Calvert  wrote:
> 
> The NSHR was spotted this morning by Daniel Irons. I got there moments later 
and we were joined by Marcia Balestri. The bird had a cache of an impaled 
American Goldfinch. It sang and posed on tall trees and a silo before returning 
and retrieving the cache. It was out of sight for a while but Marcia has just 
seen it again so it is still in the area. 

> 
> Thanks, Dan!
> 
> Kathy Calvert
> Frederick County
> 
> Sent from my iPhone 
> 
>> On Dec 4, 2016, at 6:03 PM, Dan Small  wrote:
>> 
>> All, 
>> 
>> Late this afternoon I found a hatch-year Northern Shrike in QA Co. I first 
saw the bird briefly in the housing development called The Preserve at SE Creek 
(one wonders what they are preserving?!?) and then it moved to and down Ben's 
Point Rd. I last saw it in the area of driveway 132 that is lined with 
Paulownia trees, it hunted in the area and then moved over to the south side of 
the street into the Red Cedars at the white house. 

>> 
>> Dan Small
>> Chestertown, MD
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Subject: Re: Black-throated Gray Warbler at Tydings
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2016 11:43:35 -0500
I spoke the owners of that house last week, and showed them a photo of the 
BTYW, explaining about why there were people sort of skulking about with 
binoculars in their neighborhood. They were very nice and said that we could 
step into their property to view the yard behind, the one where last week Adam 
Parr saw the warbler near that thick hedge of arborvitae. (Before the bird 
vanished completely for the day.) However discretion is advised, try to view 
from street if possible so as not to wear out our welcome! 


I hope to try again tomorrow - if anyone else is going up let's exchange phone 
numbers as that would help a lot with this wide-ranging bird. 


Gail Mackiernan 
Colesville, MD

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> On Dec 5, 2016, at 10:19 AM, Hugh McGuinness  wrote:
> 
> There is a feeder at the first house on the right (north side) on Chesapeake 
Street to the west of the boat ramp that had a lot of kinglets, chickadees and 
titmice on Saturday. It might be worth looking there when the bird is not being 
seen. 

> 
> Hugh
> 
>> On Mon, Dec 5, 2016 at 8:37 AM, Matt Hafner  wrote:
>> Continues, was seen at the boat ramp then flew west.
>> 
>> Good birding!
>> 
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Subject: Re: QA Northern Shrike
From: Kathy Calvert <kathycalvert1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2016 10:29:39 -0500
The NSHR was spotted this morning by Daniel Irons. I got there moments later 
and we were joined by Marcia Balestri. The bird had a cache of an impaled 
American Goldfinch. It sang and posed on tall trees and a silo before returning 
and retrieving the cache. It was out of sight for a while but Marcia has just 
seen it again so it is still in the area. 


Thanks, Dan!

Kathy Calvert
Frederick County

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> On Dec 4, 2016, at 6:03 PM, Dan Small  wrote:
> 
> All, 
> 
> Late this afternoon I found a hatch-year Northern Shrike in QA Co. I first 
saw the bird briefly in the housing development called The Preserve at SE Creek 
(one wonders what they are preserving?!?) and then it moved to and down Ben's 
Point Rd. I last saw it in the area of driveway 132 that is lined with 
Paulownia trees, it hunted in the area and then moved over to the south side of 
the street into the Red Cedars at the white house. 

> 
> Dan Small
> Chestertown, MD
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Subject: Re: Black-throated Gray Warbler at Tydings
From: Hugh McGuinness <hdmcguinness AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2016 10:19:12 -0500
There is a feeder at the first house on the right (north side) on
Chesapeake Street to the west of the boat ramp that had a lot of kinglets,
chickadees and titmice on Saturday. It might be worth looking there when
the bird is not being seen.

Hugh

On Mon, Dec 5, 2016 at 8:37 AM, Matt Hafner  wrote:

> Continues, was seen at the boat ramp then flew west.
>
> Good birding!
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Subject: Re: Re: Brown Pelicans on Patuxent (Calvert)
From: Thomas Harten <tjharten1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2016 09:52:30 -0500
Hi David,
These must have been a different group as I saw them in Benedict around
11:30 or so.  I'm going to check the river at lunch time to see if they are
around King's Landing Park.  That would be a new species for my park list!
Tom

On Sun, Dec 4, 2016 at 10:07 PM, David Moulton, Bethesda, MD <
moulton.davidh AT gmail.com> wrote:

> On Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 3:38:37 PM UTC-5, Thomas Harten wrote:
> > On Sunday, December 4, 2016, Thomas Harten  wrote:
> > There were at least two Brown Pelicans on the south side of the Rte 231
> bridge late this morning.  They were near the Calvert side of the bridge.
> I believe there may be more, as there were some large birds resting on the
> water further down river, that seemed roughly pelican size.
> >
> >
> > Tom Harten
> > Owings
>
> I counted 5 passing by going upriver around noon, midriver between
> Jefferson Patterson SP and Sotterley Plantation.  Nice to hear they made it
> all the way to Benedict.
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Subject: Re: Re: Brown Pelicans on Patuxent (Calvert)
From: "'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2016 14:10:00 +0000 (UTC)
I can't confirm but I've seen some large brown lumps on Pt. Patience, just 
north of the Solomons bridge, as I'm driving over in the morning. I'm always 
pushing the envelope to get to the car pool on time so haven't had a chance to 
go under the bridge and scope them. A friend, who lives not too far south of 
the bridge on the St. Mary's side, has seen them flying around in the river 
basin between Solomons, the bridge and Pax NAS so maybe these birds are just 
wandering far upriver? 

The Pt. Lookout CBC is on 12/18. We usually get a handful of BRPEs for the 
count. I wonder what the tally will be this year?! 

Tyler Bell
jtylerbell AT yahoo.com
California, Maryland

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 Sent: Sunday, December 4, 2016 10:07 PM
 Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Brown Pelicans on Patuxent (Calvert)
   
On Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 3:38:37 PM UTC-5, Thomas Harten wrote:
> On Sunday, December 4, 2016, Thomas Harten  wrote:
> There were at least two Brown Pelicans on the south side of the Rte 231 
bridge late this morning.  They were near the Calvert side of the bridge.  I 
believe there may be more, as there were some large birds resting on the water 
further down river, that seemed roughly pelican size. 

> 
> 
> Tom Harten
> Owings

I counted 5 passing by going upriver around noon, midriver between Jefferson 
Patterson SP and Sotterley Plantation.  Nice to hear they made it all the way 
to Benedict. 


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Subject: Black-throated Gray Warbler at Tydings
From: Matt Hafner <hafner.matt AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2016 08:37:39 -0500
Continues, was seen at the boat ramp then flew west.  

Good birding!

Matt Hafner 
Forest Hill, MD

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Subject: Long-tailed Ducks at Rocky Gap
From: Jim Green <jkgbirdman53 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2016 08:17:54 -0500
Currently 4 on Lake Habib in Allegany Co.

Jim Green
Gaithersburg MD


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Subject: North Point
From: "'Andrew Clemens' via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2016 11:46:59 +0000 (UTC)
For anyone who has not visited the snow buntings yet:   I understand the park 
workers will be installing additional benches on the Crystal Pier this week so 
the area may be busy and noisy.  Hope that the buntings will continue to stay. 

Andy

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Subject: Re: Snow Buntings at North Point??
From: Gregory Luce <gluce727 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 4 Dec 2016 06:41:47 -0800 (PST)
Are there any reports from today (Sunday 12/4)?

Gregory Luce
Arlington, VA


On Friday, December 2, 2016 at 3:59:24 PM UTC-5, Elda Banks wrote:
> Thank you so much for your great directions and help.  We questioned another 
birder there and he took us right out to them. The Snow Buntings were so cute 
and accommodating for photographers. 

> Thank you.
> Elda Banks
> Silver Spring
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> Are the Snow Buntings still at North Point State Park? Can you see them with 
binoculars? Is the time of day important? 

> Thank you.
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Subject: Ross' Goose & Snow Buntings Yes
From: Tommy Owens <tjowens AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 4 Dec 2016 05:56:06 -0800 (PST)
Ross's in the field just inside park gate. Snow buntings still at end of pier.

Tommy

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Subject: Black-throated Gray Warbler tips
From: Hugh McGuinness <hdmcguinness AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 4 Dec 2016 08:50:17 -0500
I thought it might be useful to offer some tips for those still looking for
the BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER based on what I have read about the bird
and my experience yesterday. First it seems clear that it spends most of
its time wandering the neighborhoods with an itinerant flock of Chickadees,
Titmice and Kinglets. As a result, there is probably no reason to hang out
at the west end of Tydings park where it has been seen most frequently, if
the mixed species flock cannot be perceived. Second, I found the bird on
the north side of Commerce street near its eastern end in a vacant lot that
has many trees, including many evergreens. The BTYW spent most of its time
foraging in evergreen trees, within which it was difficult to see clearly,
and only occasionally sallied out into the open branches of a deciduous
tree. So patience is required once you find the correct flock, of which
there are a few roaming the area. Third, if you have a group of people
looking for the bird, I would recommend spreading out, but not before
exchanging cell phone numbers. Yesterday I had the numbers of two people
who I barely knew, which proved very useful when I found the bird. As far
as I know everyone who was around at the time of its discovery got to see
the bird yesterday, as did some people who showed up later.

I hope this helps future searcher find this wonderful bird.

Good birding to all!

Hugh

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Subject: Re: Ross' Goose & Snow Buntings Yes
From: Mark Rositol <mrositol510 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 3 Dec 2016 10:18:45 -0800 (PST)
The Snow Buntings are back.

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Subject: Lapland Longspur with Snow Buntings on jetty ay North Point State Park this morning
From: Tom Eck <wendy.eck54 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 3 Dec 2016 14:57:39 -0800 (PST)
Found a Lapland Longspur feeding this morning (~10 am) in grass at the end of 
the jetty (Crystal Pier) at North Point SP then summoned 4 other birders to 
verify my ID as Lapland Longspur. The 3 Snow Buntings soon joined it in feeding 
very closely but one bunting aggressively moved at the LALO causing it move 
back a foot or two. The LALO was observed for about 15 minutes until all 4 
birds took flight over the Bay but only the 3 buntings returned to the 
pier/jetty, while the Longspur flew somewhere else. 


eBird Checklist with more photos:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32840658

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Subject: RE: Ross' Goose & Snow Buntings Yes
From: roadwarrior71 <roadwarrior71 AT verizon.net>
Date: Sat, 03 Dec 2016 13:14:04 -0500
    
The snow buntings were spooked at 12:30 by 3 low-flying helicopters and flew 
off over the water and did not return as of 12:40. 

 Peter OsentonJessup, Md


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Date: 12/03/2016  12:54 PM  (GMT-05:00) 
To: 'Clive Harris' via Maryland & DC Birding  
Subject: [MDBirding] Ross' Goose & Snow Buntings Yes 

The snow buntings are in their usual place at the end of the pier at North 
point State Park. The Ross geese are in the cove north of Denton Avenue just 
south of the state park 


Hugh

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Subject: Article in Nature on White-Throated Sparrows
From: Nitin Agarwal <nitinaw AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 3 Dec 2016 08:26:34 -0800 (PST)
Interesting article in the Nature on the extraordinary evolution of four sexes 
in White-throated sparrows. Thought it may be of interest. 


http://www.nature.com/news/the-sparrow-with-four-sexes-1.21018?

Thanks

Nitin Agarwal
Montgomery County, MD

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Subject: Blue Mash Nature Trail -- Dec 03, 2016
From: john pangborn <pangborn.john19 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 3 Dec 2016 11:53:56 -0800
Blue Mash Nature Trail
Dec 03, 2016
8:00 AM
Traveling
2.00 miles
121 minutes

45 Canada Goose
4 Mallard
1 Turkey Vulture
1 Mourning Dove
2 Northern Flicker
4 Blue Jay
3 American Crow
13 crow sp. - FO
1 Carolina Wren
1 American Robin
1 Northern Mockingbird
4 European Starling
5 Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)
1 Northern Cardinal

Number of Taxa: 14
John pangborn
Gaithersburg md

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Subject: Odd Junco
From: "thbeal via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sat, 3 Dec 2016 13:50:30 -0500
Have a Junco in backyard with large white patches beneath both eyes. Like a 
football players with black below eyes only reversed. 



Tom Beal
Glenn Dale, MD

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Subject: Gunners Lake
From: "gyrfal via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sat, 3 Dec 2016 20:19:21 -0500
Windy cold afternoon at Gunners Lake, Germantown. Waterfowl mostly huddled up 
around the shoreline. 



1 Mute Swan
About 50 Canada Geese
Dozens of Mallards
11 Gadwalls
About 50 Ringnecks
2 Ruddy Ducks
11 Hooded Mergs


1 Pied Billed Grebe


Bob Mumford
Darnestown

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Subject: Btyw yes
From: Hugh McGuinness <hdmcguinness AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 3 Dec 2016 10:13:19 -0500
Just now at the east end of commerce street by the park with a flock of 
chickadees and kinglets. 


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Subject: Ross' Goose & Snow Buntings Yes
From: Hugh McGuinness <hdmcguinness AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 3 Dec 2016 12:54:36 -0500
The snow buntings are in their usual place at the end of the pier at North 
point State Park. The Ross geese are in the cove north of Denton Avenue just 
south of the state park 


Hugh

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Subject: Northern Parula at Blandair Park, Howard, Dec 3
From: Jim Wilkinson <lakekoshare AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 3 Dec 2016 14:00:02 -0800 (PST)
I was surprised to find a Northern Parula at Blandair Park this afternoon in a 
brushy area near the park entrance at Soaring Hill Road. This street is off of 
Thunder Hill Road, north of Route 175 in Columbia. Other birds of interest were 
a Merlin in an open field at the southwest area of the park, and a Purple Finch 
(brown) on a feeder just outside the park near Bluecoat Lane. 


Please see eBird list for photo:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32839577

Jim Wilkinson
Columbia, MD

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Subject: A ‘feathered mouse’
From: James Wilson <birdmanjfw AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 30 Nov 2016 03:50:11 -0800 (PST)
At this site ... 


http://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/student-faculty-research/a-feathered-mouse.php 


... is a great article about Black Rails. We have them in Maryland, don't 
we???? 


Jim Wilson
Queenstown

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Subject: Mallard question
From: Pat Valdata <pvaldata1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2016 13:51:14 -0500
Isn't it a bit early for ducks to be mating?

Pat Valdata 
Elkton, MD

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Subject: Re: Re: Yellow headed Blackbird, Baltimore Co
From: Joe Hanfman <auk1844 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2016 14:53:31 -0500
The YHBL is now at 9111 Avenue B

Joe Hanfman
Columbia, MD

> On Nov 29, 2016, at 2:09 PM, keyweststyle2001 AT gmail.com wrote:
> 
> Flocks very skittish along Avenue C and Ross Rd. Some moved on back to field 
where the geese was. - Kevin Graff 

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> Subject: Yellow headed Blackbird, Baltimore Co
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> With flock of cowbirds, starlings and red-winged blackbirds on avenue C off 
of north point rd‎. Down the road from Ross's Geese. Here with Leslie S and 
Mike B - Kevin Graff 

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Subject: Yellow headed Blackbird, Baltimore Co
From: keyweststyle2001 AT gmail.com
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2016 13:49:57 -0500




Subject: Re: Yellow headed Blackbird, Baltimore Co
From: keyweststyle2001 AT gmail.com
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2016 14:09:51 -0500




Subject: Re: Yellow headed Blackbird, Baltimore Co
From: Duvall Sollers <dbsollers61 AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2016 17:52:45 -0500
Thanks guys, for posting. I ran down at 4:00 pm and was fortunate to locate the 
bird twice. Never thought I would get this one in MD - it’s not an easy to 
“chase” 


Duvall Sollers

> On Nov 29, 2016, at 2:53 PM, Joe Hanfman  wrote:
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> The YHBL is now at 9111 Avenue B
> 
> Joe Hanfman
> Columbia, MD
> 
> On Nov 29, 2016, at 2:09 PM, keyweststyle2001 AT gmail.com 
 wrote: 

> 
>> Flocks very skittish along Avenue C and Ross Rd. Some moved on back to field 
where the geese was. - Kevin Graff 

>> 
>> Sent from my BlackBerry 10 smartphone on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE 
network. 

>> From: keyweststyle2001 AT gmail.com 
>> Sent: Tuesday, November 29, 2016 1:49 PM
>> To: MD Birding
>> Subject: Yellow headed Blackbird, Baltimore Co
>> 
>> With flock of cowbirds, starlings and red-winged blackbirds on avenue C off 
of north point rd‎. Down the road from Ross's Geese. Here with Leslie S and 
Mike B - Kevin Graff 

>> 
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Subject: Fwd: DC Area, 11/29/2016
From: Lydia Schindler <lydia13621 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2016 19:33:40 -0500
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Subject: DC Area, 11/29/2016
To: BIRDEAST AT listserv.ksu.edu


Hotline:     Voice of the Naturalist
Date:        11/29/2016
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

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,
November 22 and was completed on Tuesday, November 29 at 4:30 p.m.

Information on noteworthy birds is presented below in taxonomic order,
as set forth in the American Ornithologists' Union Checklist for North
and Middle American birds, as revised through the 57th Supplement
(July 2016).

The top birds this week were BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER* in MD and
LESSER GOLDFINCH* in VA.

Other birds of interest this week were waterfowl,  RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD,
SANDHILL CRANE, PIPING PLOVER, PARASITIC JAEGER, BLACK-HEADED GULL,
GREATER SHEARWATER, pelicans, hawks, NORTHERN SHRIKE, CAVE SWALLOW,
BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE, SNOW BUNTING, warblers, sparrows, and
YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD.

TOP BIRDS

A BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER* was at the Tydings Maritime
Marina/Museum in Havre de Grace, Harford Co, MD on November 26. It was
seen again on November 27 and 28.

A LESSER GOLDFINCH* was at a feeder in Sandbridge, VA on November 29.
It was seen from the stakeout position (Lago Mar) on November 27 and
28.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

Two to four GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were at Silver Lake, Rehoboth,
Sussex Co, DE on November 22 and 23.   The 2 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED
GEESE continued at Centennial Lake, Howard Co, MD with the most recent
sighting on November 25. Two GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were at Deep
Creek Lake, Garrett Co, MD on November 26. A ROSS'S GOOSE was at
Beaver Hill Lake Pond, Albemarle Co, VA on November 24 to 27. Another
ROSS'S GOOSE was at Lothian, Ducks Lane, Anne Arundel Co, MD on
November 28. On November 25 and 26, BRANT were observed at the
Perryville Community Park, Cecil Co, MD and at St, Anne's Pond, New
Castle Co, DE.

A  MUTE SWAN, accompanied by 70 RING-NECKED DUCKS, was at Gunners
Lake, Germantown, Montgomery Co, MD on November 22. The MUTE SWAN was
seen again on November 23. The TRUMPETER SWAN at Lake Churchill,
Germantown, Montgomery Co, MD continues with a sighting on November
24.

The numbers of waterfowl continued to increase during the week.  Some
notable observations included: 245 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS and 101
GREEN-WINGED TEAL at Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, Anne Arundel Co, MD
on November 23 ; 1 CACKLING GOOSE, 64 AMERICAN BLACK DUCK, 44 NORTHERN
PINTAIL, 1 SURF SCOTER, 1 WHITE-WINGED SCOTER and 63 HOODED MERGANSER
at Hart-Miller Island, Baltimore Co, MD on November 23 and 300
GADWALL, 350 AMERICAN BLACK DUCK and 120 NORTHERN PINTAIL at Mason
Neck, Fairfax Co, VA on November 25. A EURASIAN WIGEON was at Magothy
Bay NAP, Northampton Co, VA on November 25. Another EURASIAN WIGEON
was at Eastern Neck NWR, Kent Co, MD on November 26. Two LONG-TAILED
DUCK were at Conowingo Lake, Cecil Co, MD on November 23 and another
was at Piscataway Park Boardwalk, Prince George's Co, MD on November
23 and 27. Two COMMON EIDER were at Bethany Beach, Sussex Co, DE on
November 25. A WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was at Bethel Beach SP, Matthews
Co, VA on November24.

A RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD was in the Wildwood neighborhood, St. Mary's Co,
MD on November 23 and 26. Another RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD was in
Berryville, Clarke Co, VA on November 26.

Six SANDHILL CRANES flew over Roth Road in Edgewood, Harford Co, MD on
November 24. A SANDHILL CRANE was spotted near the White House, DC on
November 25.  This was a first record for SANDHILL CRANE in the
District

A PIPING PLOVER was at the Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA on
November 23 and 26.

A number of PARASITIC JAEGERS were in the Virginia Beach, VA area with
sightings on November 24 to 28.

The continuing BLACK-HEADED GULL in Swan Cove Pool at Chincoteague
NWR, Accomack Co, VA was seen on November 24, 26 and 27.

A GREATER SHEARWATER was seen from the Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch,
Sussex Co, DE on November 27.

Fourteen AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS were at Kiptopeke SP, Northampton Co,
VA on November 28. Unprecedented numbers of BROWN PELICANS continued
to move up the Chesapeake Bay this week with small and large flocks
being reported in many locations.

A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was at Woodland Beach, Kent Co, DE on November 28.
A GOLDEN EAGLE and two PEREGRINE FALCONS were reported from the
Kiptopeke Hawk Watch on November 22.  A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen from
Rte.22 between Keswick and Cismont, Albemarle Co, VA on November 25. A
GOLDEN EAGLE flew over Dorset Ave. in Chevy Chase, Montgomery Co, MD
on November 26. A GOLDEN EAGLE was at Ashland Hawk Watch, Kent Co, DE
on November28. A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was at Piney Run Park, Carroll Co,
MD on November 25.

The continuing NORTHERN SHRIKE* was seen all week at the Sully
Woodlands in Fairfax Co, VA.

One to two CAVE SWALLOWS were seen at the Sandy River Reservoir near
Rice, Prince Edward Co, VA on November 22, 23 and 24. Two CAVE
SWALLOWS were at Magotha Road, Northampton Co, VA on November 22. Two
CAVE SWALLOWS were at First Landing SP, Virginia Beach, VA on November
25.

The irruption of BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES in the reporting area
continued, with confirmed sightings at a variety of locations in both
MD and VA.

SNOW BUNTINGS were seen at North Point SP, Baltimore Co, MD throughout
the week. Five to eight SNOW BUNTINGS were at First Landing SP,
Virginia Beach, VA on November 23, 26 and 28. Sixteen SNOW BUNTINGS
were at Swan Creek dredge containment facility, Anne Arundel Co, MD on
November 24.

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was at the Piscataway Park Boardwalk, Prince
George's Co, MD on November 24 to 26. An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was on
the C&D Canal, New Castle Co, DE on November 25. An ORANGE-CROWNED
WARBLER was on the Sassafras River, Kent Co, MD on November 27.

A LE CONTE'S SPARROW was at the Kiptopeke Hawk Watch in a pokeberry
patch on November 25. One to five NELSON'S SPARROWS and two to seven
SALTMARSH SPARROWS were at the Delaware Seashore SP, Sussex Co, DE on
November25 and 26. Four NELSON'S SPARROWS and three SALTMARSH SPARROWS
were at Prime Hook NWR, Fowler Beach, Sussex Co, DE on November 25. A
FOX SPARROW was in a yard in Concord, Campbell Co, VA on November 23.
Another FOX SPARROW was at the Blue Mash Nature Trail, Montgomery Co,
MD on November 24. A LINCOLN'S SPARROW was at Centennial Lake, Howard
Co, MD on November26. A LINCOLN'S SPARROW was at Alpha Ridge Park,
Howard Co, MD on November 23. Another LINCOLN'S SPARROW was at
Frederica, Kent Co, DE on November 26. Twenty-five WHITE-CROWNED
SPARROWS were in the Stuarts Draft area, Augusta Co, VA on November 25
along with 250-300 HORNED LARKS and 200-250 AMERICAN PIPITS.

A YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was at Blackwater NWR, Key Wallace Hiking
Trail, Dorchester Co, MD on November 22. Another YELLOW-HEADED
BLACKBIRD was at Black Marsh, Baltimore Co, MD on November 23.

***

This week's report was based on reports on the DE, MD, VA, and WV list
servers, eBird records and various birding pages on Facebook.

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: Yellow-headed Blackbird
From: Duvall Sollers <dbsollers61 AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2016 17:50:15 -0500
The Yellow-headed Blackbird was still present today in a mixed flock of 
thousands of starlings, cowbirds, and red-winged blackbirds along North Point 
Rd just past the entrance to North Point SP (previously described location). I 
was REALLY fortunate in that the flock had moved really close to North Point 
Rd. Even close in it took a while to pick out the bird. Luckily, the flock then 
dispersed to several trees right on the road and the YHBB happened to perch up 
high and was quite easy to spot. The bird was there from 4:05 until I left 20 
minutes later. A MD bird - #359! 


Duvall Sollers
Hereford, MD

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Subject: Test, please disregard
From: Kurt Schwarz <krschwa1 AT verizon.net>
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2016 17:15:51 -0500
Apologies, I am trying to configure email from mdbirding so I can get it in the 
field. 


Kurt Schwarz 
Ellicott City 
Kurtschwarz4 at gmail 

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Subject: Eastern Neck NWR; Kent County
From: Mike Hudson <mike.p.hudson AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2016 17:57:44 -0500
Hi all, 

Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge is currently playing host to one of the 
largest gatherings of waterfowl in our region. Nearly all expected species are 
present, some in incredible numbers. 


Ruddy Ducks and Scaup have been present in the largest numbers--I estimated 
4000 Ruddy Ducks and 9600 Scaup Sp. There were simply too many to identify all 
to species, but of the groups I combed through, there were slightly more Lesser 
than Greater. 


Smaller numbers of Gadwall (375), American Wigeon (125), American Black Duck 
(125), Mallard (70), Northern Pintail (16), Canvasback (60), Bufflehead (164), 
Common Goldeneye (4), Redhead (200) and Ring-necked Duck (1) were also present. 


Larger waterfowl species were present, though in smaller numbers. There were 
nearly 90 Tundra Swans and a couple hundred Canada Geese. Nearby at Chesapeake 
Farms, there were 4 Cackling Geese in a Canada Goose flock, so these birds 
could conceivably be anywhere in the area. 


For those interested in seeing this spectacle, my advice is that the sheer 
number of birds was not evident until dusk when the flocks started to take 
flight and move out into the bay from the Island's various coves. 


Good birding! 

Mike Hudson 
Chestertown, MD 

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Subject: Re: 3 Ross's Continue North Point.
From: keyweststyle2001 AT gmail.com
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2016 13:39:22 -0500




Subject: 3 Ross's Continue North Point.
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2016 18:36:21 +0000
As previously reported in field just inside entrance. At far side, of
course.

Kurt Schwarz
Ellicott City
kurtschwarz4 at Gmail

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Subject: Ross's Geese
From: keyweststyle2001 AT gmail.com
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2016 13:15:24 -0500