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28 Feb Elkton Marsh directions [Kojo Baidoo ]
28 Feb Re: Re: Thomas Point Park [Hugh David Fleischmann ]
28 Feb Re: Thomas Point Park [Wayne Bierbaum ]
28 Feb Re: Rough-legs at Elkton Marsh [Michael Moore ]
28 Feb Irvine Nature Center 2/28/15 [Bob Ringler ]
28 Feb Purple Sandpipers at Pt. Lookout, 2/28 ["'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
28 Feb Rough-legs at Elkton Marsh [Tim Carney ]
28 Feb Gravelly Point [Jacob Hall ]
28 Feb 2015 January Midwinter Waterfowl Survey [Larry Hindman ]
28 Feb Gloves found at Konterra [Patricia Wood ]
28 Feb Re: Thomas Point Park [Hugh Vandervoort ]
28 Feb Thomas Point Park [Hugh David Fleischmann ]
27 Feb Rough-legged Hawk locations [Kojo Baidoo ]
27 Feb Fox sparrows and ducks at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens [Daniel Rauch ]
27 Feb Red-necked Grebes & Common Goldeneye DC [Mark Rositol ]
27 Feb Rough-legged and lost gloves, Konterra [Patricia Wood ]
27 Feb Re: Salisbury American White Pelican [Jim Brighton ]
27 Feb Re: Salisbury American White Pelican [Derek Hudgins ]
27 Feb Re: Salisbury American White Pelican [Derek Hudgins ]
27 Feb Re: Salisbury American White Pelican [Derek Hudgins ]
27 Feb Re: Salisbury American White Pelican [Travis Clemens ]
27 Feb Re: Salisbury American White Pelican [Travis Clemens ]
27 Feb Re: Salisbury American White Pelican ["Jlstasz via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
27 Feb Bald Eagle with prey, Chas Cty ["Carol Ghebelian" ]
27 Feb Salisbury American White Pelican [Derek Hudgins ]
27 Feb MD Pelagic [wcbirding ]
27 Feb Hooper's Island Redheads [Harry Armistead ]
27 Feb Cecil Rough-legged Hawks [Patricia Valdata ]
27 Feb Re: Yet another Raven report in DC [George Jett ]
27 Feb Re: Yet another Raven report in DC [David Mozurkewich ]
27 Feb Rough legged Hawk []
27 Feb Rough Iegged Irvine [Kye jenkins ]
27 Feb Re: Yet another Raven report in DC ["'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
27 Feb Re: Yet another Raven report in DC [Daniel Rauch ]
27 Feb Re: Yet another Raven report in DC ["Jim Nelson" ]
27 Feb Caroline Lapland Longspurs [Derek Hudgins ]
27 Feb Yet another Raven report in DC [Paul Pisano ]
26 Feb Re: RE: Possible Golden-crowned sparrow in Montgomery County [Lucy Perron Uncu ]
26 Feb Light morph Rough-Legged at Konterra Rd in PG County [Andy Beiderman ]
27 Feb RE: Possible Golden-crowned sparrow in Montgomery County [Anna Urciolo ]
27 Feb Possible Golden-crowned sparrow in Montgomery County [Anna Urciolo ]
26 Feb WWScoter, Mouth of Monocacy (Mont. Co.) [Andy Wilson ]
26 Feb Rusty Blackbirds and Purple Finches in western Howard County Feb 26 [Jim Wilkinson ]
26 Feb [WA] CCLO update [JAMES SPEICHER ]
26 Feb Re: Snowy Owl, Montgomery County, 2/25 ~4:30 pm [world oceans ]
26 Feb Rough-legged Hawk at Irvine Nature Center [Keith Eric Costley ]
26 Feb Re: Snowy Owl, Montgomery County, 2/25 ~4:30 pm ["'Sarah Anderson' via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
26 Feb Re: Snowy Owl, Montgomery County, 2/25 ~4:30 pm ["Jim Nelson" ]
26 Feb Re: Snowy Owl, Montgomery County, 2/25 ~4:30 pm [Steve Huy ]
26 Feb Re: Snowy Owl, Montgomery County, 2/25 ~4:30 pm [world oceans ]
26 Feb Fwd: Re: Snowy Owl, Montgomery County, 2/25 ~4:30 pm [JAMES SPEICHER ]
26 Feb Re: Re: Snowy Owl, Montgomery County, 2/25 ~4:30 pm ["'Sarah Anderson' via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
26 Feb RE: Re: Snowy Owl, Montgomery County, 2/25 ~4:30 pm [Tim Houghton ]
26 Feb Canvasback, Snipe, leucistic gull at Schoolhouse Pond [Fred Shaffer ]
26 Feb Swan Creek 2/25/2015 [Tim Carney ]
26 Feb Re: Snowy Owl, Montgomery County, 2/25 ~4:30 pm [Santosh Shanmuga ]
26 Feb Re: Elkton Marsh and other Cecil Birds [Linda Just ]
26 Feb Snowy Owl, Montgomery County, 2/25 ~4:30 pm [Marcy Stutzman ]
26 Feb Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz ["'Bill Hubick' via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
25 Feb Violettes Lock - white-winged scoter, Mont Co [Dave Roberts ]
25 Feb Black Marsh--Common Redpolls [Tim Carney ]
25 Feb AA County ducks [Joe Hanfman ]
25 Feb Re: Elkton Marsh and other Cecil Birds [Linda Just ]
25 Feb Horned Larks in Upperco [Michael Bradley ]
25 Feb Elkton Marsh and other Cecil Birds [Lin Just ]
25 Feb Konterra Rough-legs [Dan Small ]
25 Feb Re: Konterra Rough-legs [Kurt Schwarz ]
25 Feb Rough-legged Hawks-Elkton Marsh (Cecil Co.) [Mark Johnson ]
25 Feb Constitution Gardens ducks, 2/24 [Jim Felley ]
25 Feb Re: Konterra Rough-legs [Janet Millenson ]
25 Feb Konterra Rough-legs ["'Rodney Burley' via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
25 Feb Re: Re: Red-Necked Grebe at Thomas Point Park [Phil Davis ]
25 Feb Re: Red-Necked Grebe at Thomas Point Park [jugbayjs ]
25 Feb Re: Red-Necked Grebe at Thomas Point Park [jugbayjs ]
25 Feb Red-Necked Grebe at Thomas Point Park ["'Bird couple' via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
25 Feb Re: Action: Protect the Runoff Remediation Fee and Create Bird Habitat [Marjie ]

Subject: Elkton Marsh directions
From: Kojo Baidoo <baidookojo6 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 14:59:42 -0800 (PST)
Could someone please give me directions to Elkton Marsh?

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Subject: Re: Re: Thomas Point Park
From: Hugh David Fleischmann <david AT macappraisals.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 16:44:30 -0500
I was there around 1 PM today and saw the same assortment of ducks as you just 
mentioned minus the Swans. Unfortunately they were not visible when I was 
there. I did at least see the Common Goldeneye; lifer #224. He was sleeping and 
never did see his face but thanks to Bess, a fellow birder for pointing out the 
Goldeneye. I saw several Bald Eagles having a buffet of the few dead ducks 
scattered on the ice. 


So all in all it was a great afternoon with one lifer and some great Eagle 
action. 


Awesome Birding in 2015!

Hugh David Fleischmann
Owings Mills, MD 21117
410-598-9292



> On Feb 28, 2015, at 4:14 PM, Wayne Bierbaum  wrote:
> 
>> On Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 1:15:07 AM UTC-5, huey1226 wrote:
>> Good morning folks. I was wondering if anybody saw the Great Cormorants 
and/or assorted Scoters, reported by Joe Hanfman on Wed. Has anyone seen them 
on Friday or this morning? Thanks for the heads up. And do I need a scope to 
see most of the ducks? How about Tundra Swan? Far/close ? 

>> 
>> Awesome boarding in 2015!
>> 
>> Hugh David Fleischmann
>> Owings Mills, MD 21117
>> 410-598-9292
> 
> I was there at noon today and the Tundra Swans were initially close but flew. 
There were many scaup, bufflehead, and ruudy; a few common merganzers, 
long-tail and one golden-eye. Four eagles were hunting ducks and I saw one 
ruddyduck get caught. 

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Subject: Re: Thomas Point Park
From: Wayne Bierbaum <wm.bierbaum AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 13:14:45 -0800 (PST)
On Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 1:15:07 AM UTC-5, huey1226 wrote:
> Good morning folks. I was wondering if anybody saw the Great Cormorants 
and/or assorted Scoters, reported by Joe Hanfman on Wed. Has anyone seen them 
on Friday or this morning? Thanks for the heads up. And do I need a scope to 
see most of the ducks? How about Tundra Swan? Far/close ? 

> 
> Awesome boarding in 2015!
> 
> Hugh David Fleischmann
> Owings Mills, MD 21117
> 410-598-9292

I was there at noon today and the Tundra Swans were initially close but flew. 
There were many scaup, bufflehead, and ruudy; a few common merganzers, 
long-tail and one golden-eye. Four eagles were hunting ducks and I saw one 
ruddyduck get caught. 


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Subject: Re: Rough-legs at Elkton Marsh
From: Michael Moore <mcmoore32 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 12:41:41 -0800 (PST)
I am not sure when you were there, but I was there between 1-2 and had exactly 
the same birds from the boat ramp. 3 light morphs and one short view of the 
dark morph Rough-leg. Also the large flock of sparrows along the entrance road 
including all the ones you mention. Largest flock of Tree Sparrows I have seen 
in a long time which I also estimated to be about 40 birds. Red=tails, Harriers 
and Eagles also active over the marsh. 


Mike Moore
Newark, DE

On Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 12:50:07 PM UTC-5, Tim Carney wrote:
> Ryan Johnson and I had 3 light morphs simultaneously in view over the marsh. 
Dark morph flew over the path as we were leaving. 4 total. 

> 
> Also: 40+ American Tree Sparrows, Field, Fox, Chipping. 
> 
> Tim Carney
> Canton, MD
> 
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Subject: Irvine Nature Center 2/28/15
From: Bob Ringler <ringler.bob AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 14:38:23 -0500
   I spent two hours this morning (~9:45-11:45) at Irvine Nature
Center with Debbie Terry helping her find a Rough-legged Hawk for her
county list. Hawks were scarce. We saw only one or two Red-tails.
Sparrows were also surprisingly scarce. We found several Song
Sparrows, one Swamp Sparrow and one White-throat but no Tree Sparrows.
Someone with better luck than I have needs to help Debbie find that
Rough-leg.

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Eldersburg MD

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Subject: Purple Sandpipers at Pt. Lookout, 2/28
From: "'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 17:51:34 +0000 (UTC)
Jane Kostenko and I headed down to Pt. Lookout State Park this morning mainly 
to see if the Purple Sandpiper, that Joe Hanfman and Jeff Culler saw last week, 
was still around. The ice accumulation on the fence around the lighthouse was 
quite impressive but the ice was also heavily built up on the rip rap where you 
would most likely find a PUSA. After scanning north of the jetty, we started 
walking south to get a better view of more rip rap when I found 4 PUSA sleeping 
on the south side of the jetty just north of the bathrooms. This has been a 
county nemesis bird so it was really sweet to find four of them! 

Probably due to the NE winds, there were not many waterfowl on the Bay side but 
lots on the Potomac side. Almost equal numbers of Surf, Black and White-winged 
Scoters and a couple of nice rafts of Ruddy Ducks. Very few Common Goldeneyes. 
Most impressive was the presence of Fox Sparrows all along the road edges. I 
guesstimated about 45 birds which were in pockets of 5 to 10 from just north of 
the point to the entrance of the park. Still haven't had a FOSP in our yard 
this winter so it was nice to see so many down there. 


Tyler Bell
jtylerbell AT yahoo.com
California, Maryland

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Subject: Rough-legs at Elkton Marsh
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 12:50:02 -0500
Ryan Johnson and I had 3 light morphs simultaneously in view over the marsh. 
Dark morph flew over the path as we were leaving. 4 total. 


Also: 40+ American Tree Sparrows, Field, Fox, Chipping. 

Tim Carney
Canton, MD

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Subject: Gravelly Point
From: Jacob Hall <jacob.s.hall AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 09:46:20 -0500
Large flock of waterfowl in the little cove. Thorough scan turned up only
Pied-billed in the grebe department, but also a pair of Common Goldeneye
(the male showing courtship behavior), some Canvasbacks, a few Redheads,
Buffleheads, Hooded Mergansers, and both Scaup (though far more Lesser).
Roaches Run across the Parkway was chock full of birds on the drive in, but
I didn't stop to check it. Omnipresent stiff, bitter breeze!

-Jake Hall
 Washington, DC


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Subject: 2015 January Midwinter Waterfowl Survey
From: Larry Hindman <yellowdogretrievers AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 05:58:32 -0800 (PST)
http://news.maryland.gov/dnr/2015/02/23/dnr-releases-2015-midwinter-waterfowl-survey-results/#more-8217 


Most of the survey areas were flown January 8-10, 2015 with the Susquehanna 
Flats and River flown in late January. 


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Subject: Gloves found at Konterra
From: Patricia Wood <pwood AT capaccess.org>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 05:24:54 -0800 (PST)
Just wanted to let people know someone emailed me last night (big thanks!) that 
the gloves are found! Didn't want anyone to be keeping an eye out for them 
today. 

Patricia Wood
Silver Spring

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Subject: Re: Thomas Point Park
From: Hugh Vandervoort <hughva AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 03:55:31 -0500
There were many Canvasbacks, Ruddys, Buffleheads and a couple of Common
Goldeneyes in close at the point. Lots of distant birds I couldn't ID.
Look in the first cove on the left as you enter for Tundras and Black Ducks.

Annapolis, MD
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On Sat, Feb 28, 2015 at 1:15 AM, Hugh David Fleischmann <
david AT macappraisals.com> wrote:

> Good morning folks.  I was wondering if anybody saw the Great Cormorants
> and/or assorted Scoters, reported by Joe Hanfman on Wed. Has anyone seen
> them on Friday or this morning?  Thanks for the heads up. And do I need a
> scope to see most of the ducks? How about Tundra Swan? Far/close ?
>
> Awesome boarding in 2015!
>
> Hugh David Fleischmann
> Owings Mills, MD 21117
> 410-598-9292
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Subject: Thomas Point Park
From: Hugh David Fleischmann <david AT macappraisals.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 01:15:02 -0500
Good morning folks. I was wondering if anybody saw the Great Cormorants and/or 
assorted Scoters, reported by Joe Hanfman on Wed. Has anyone seen them on 
Friday or this morning? Thanks for the heads up. And do I need a scope to see 
most of the ducks? How about Tundra Swan? Far/close ? 


Awesome boarding in 2015!

Hugh David Fleischmann
Owings Mills, MD 21117
410-598-9292


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Subject: Rough-legged Hawk locations
From: Kojo Baidoo <baidookojo6 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:13:00 -0800 (PST)
Could anybody tell me some reliable locations to find Rough-legged Hawks that 
are close to or in Baltimore County? Thanks. 


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Subject: Fox sparrows and ducks at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
From: Daniel Rauch <danrauch11 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:18:52 -0500
I didn't have a chance to enter everything in ebird yet. There were 5 fox 
sparrows at KAG, along with 16 black duck, 2 gadwall, copulating red-shouldered 
hawks, brown thrasher, 2 hairy woodpeckers, and a field sparrow to name a few 
others. The gardens got more active as the sun peaked out. 


There is a small open water area between Kenilworth Park and Langston Golf 
Course. On it were 5 canvasback, 2 gadwall, 4 buffleheads, 1 redhead, 8 hooded 
mergansers, 7 lesser scaup and 21 common mergansers. All shoehorned into a 
small area with some mallards. 


No displaying by the mergansers yet, but it should be soon.

Dan Rauch
Washington, DC

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Subject: Red-necked Grebes & Common Goldeneye DC
From: Mark Rositol <mrositol510 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:52:42 -0800 (PST)
2 RNGRs and 1 Common Goldeneye hen at Gravelly Point in DC waters. Thanks to 
the VA birder that tipped me off. 


Mark Rositol 
Fort Washington, MD 

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Subject: Rough-legged and lost gloves, Konterra
From: Patricia Wood <pwood AT capaccess.org>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:32:53 -0800 (PST)
I got my lifer Rough-legged Hawk today--two light morphs up in the air 
together; very nice! But, not so nice was when I got home I realized I'd lost 
my gloves out there somehow. In case they're spotted: short brown gloves, sort 
of faux sheepskin lining. I could have dropped them while loading things back 
into the car, but not sure. 


Patricia Wood
Silver Spring

ps Also had nice look at immature Merlin, and another birder told me he had 
seen a Bald Eagle go over low enough to spook the geese. 


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Subject: Re: Salisbury American White Pelican
From: Jim Brighton <jimbrighton3 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:54:50 -0500
Derek, go to Ellis Bay WMA boat ramp which is accessed off of Muddy Hole Rd. 
This (in my opinion) is the best place for SEOW in Wicomico. The other place to 
go is down Elliott Island Rd south of Vienna and hang a left onto Lewis Wharf 
Rd. At the boat ramp you scan the Wicomico marshes across the Nanticoke. 


Jim Brighton
Tunis Mills, MD
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> On Feb 27, 2015, at 3:38 PM, Derek Hudgins  wrote:
> 
> It must be difficult to corral a pelican! Thanks for letting me know.
> 
> Also, I had the Iceland but not the Glaucous Gull at the Salisbury Landfill 
at noon. Will try again around sunset. Anyone know a good spot for Wicomico 
Short-eared Owls? 

> 
> Good birding,
> Derek
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Subject: Re: Salisbury American White Pelican
From: Derek Hudgins <derekhudgins AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:38:54 -0800 (PST)
It must be difficult to corral a pelican! Thanks for letting me know.

Also, I had the Iceland but not the Glaucous Gull at the Salisbury Landfill at 
noon. Will try again around sunset. Anyone know a good spot for Wicomico 
Short-eared Owls? 


Good birding,
Derek

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Subject: Re: Salisbury American White Pelican
From: Derek Hudgins <derekhudgins AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:34:16 -0800 (PST)
It must be difficult to corral a pelican! Thanks for letting me know.

Also, I had the Iceland but not the Glaucous Gull at the Salisbury Landfill at 
noon. Will try again around sunset. Anyone know a good spot for Wicomico 
Short-eared Owls? 


Good birding,
Derek

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Subject: Re: Salisbury American White Pelican
From: Derek Hudgins <derekhudgins AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:28:04 -0800 (PST)
It must be difficult to corral a pelican! Thanks for letting me know.

Also, I had the Iceland but not the Glaucous Gull at the Salisbury Landfill at 
noon. Will try again around sunset. Anyone know a good spot for Wicomico 
Short-eared Owls? 


Good birding,
Derek

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Subject: Re: Salisbury American White Pelican
From: Travis Clemens <travis.clemens07 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:58:50 -0800 (PST)
I stopped by the zoo today, and it was closed. However, there were two zoo 
workers in kayaks corraling the pelican back into the zoo. I asked one of the 
workers just to clarify and she said that it did in fact belong to the zoo. 


Travis Clemens
Fruitland

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Subject: Re: Salisbury American White Pelican
From: Travis Clemens <travis.clemens07 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:57:58 -0800 (PST)
I stopped by the zoo today, and it was closed. However, there were two zoo 
workers in kayaks corraling the pelican back into the zoo. I asked one of the 
workers just to clarify and she said that it did in fact belong to the zoo. 


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Subject: Re: Salisbury American White Pelican
From: "Jlstasz via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:43:01 -0500
Hi Folks,
 
I have a report that the pelican is banded. The zoo is closed today but  
someone will be checking soon...the zoo had a pelican "jump the fence" about 
30  years ago.
 
Jim
 
 
In a message dated 2/27/2015 2:38:46 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,  
derekhudgins AT gmail.com writes:

The  American White Pelican in Salisbury continues, though it has relocated 
from S  Park St. to near the dam that I think marks the edge of the zoo.

Good  birding,
Derek Hudgins
Baltimore

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Subject: Bald Eagle with prey, Chas Cty
From: "Carol Ghebelian" <ghebelian AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:38:40 -0500
A friend just caught this shot at Rte. 224, Mason's Neck Swamp, Charles
County.  Says later dropped prey (Mallard?) as it flew off.  Serendipitous
moment!  No open water here.

 

Carol Ghebelian

Indian Head

  

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Subject: Salisbury American White Pelican
From: Derek Hudgins <derekhudgins AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:38:44 -0800 (PST)
The American White Pelican in Salisbury continues, though it has relocated from 
S Park St. to near the dam that I think marks the edge of the zoo. 


Good birding,
Derek Hudgins
Baltimore

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Subject: MD Pelagic
From: wcbirding <wcbirding AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:23:23 -0500
Trip for this weekend will go out Sunday. 

Call boat if you want to go. 

(410) 520-2076

Mark Hoffman

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Subject: Hooper's Island Redheads
From: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 19:02:44 +0000
On Feb. 26, Thu., there were 2,530 Redheads (comprised of 8 flocks) at Hooper's 
I., Dorchester County, MD, based on my sloppy estimates (counting by 10s). 
Except for 1 flock of 400+ N of Old Salty's all were in the Honga River. The 
Bay water is open but much of the Honga R. is still frozen. Also a few, 
scattered American Wigeon (12) and Gadwalls (8). The roads in good shape after 
2-4" of recent snow. 18 species of waterfowl at Hooper's I. Best to all. - 
Harry Armistead, Bellevue, MD. 

 		 	   		  

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Subject: Cecil Rough-legged Hawks
From: Patricia Valdata <pvaldata1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:07:16 -0500
At least two were visible today. Ken Drier and I parked on the shoulder by
the bridge over the Elk Creek and walked a few yards up the road to a spot
where we had clear views of the marsh. There was a lot of raptor activity:
several red-tails, one Bald Eagle, one Harrier, and two or three
Rough-legged. Hard to tell how many because they would dive into the
phragmites and disappear for a while.

We are fairly sure we saw the dark-morph bird in addition to the lighter
ones. It was backlit and generally a silhouette, but when it turned in the
right direction it seemed very dark; the other bird(s) were much lighter.

Such fun to have them so nearby!

Pat Valdata
Elkton, MD

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Subject: Re: Yet another Raven report in DC
From: George Jett <gmjett AT verizon.net>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:57:05 -0500
Tyler, et al.

I have two raven records for Charles Co. One from the old house on Waldorf. 
Maybe I should put those in eBird. 


The first record was in Nanjemoy. Jim Stasz & I had it in March a long time 
ago. Jim May have put that in eBirds. I will add both records this weekend. 


George

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George Jett

> On Feb 27, 2015, at 10:13 AM, "'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding" 
 wrote: 

> 
> If you look at eBird, you'll see that Common Ravens have greatly expanded 
their range from basically Sideling Hill, historicall, to where they are now on 
the western shore of the Chesapeake in northern/central Anne Arundel, in 
Maryland, and to the western shore of the Potomac in Virginia. Not sure why 
they haven't pushed into Calvert, Charles or St. Mary's yet but that range 
seems to have stayed fixed for the last several years. 

> 
> Tyler Bell
> jtylerbell AT yahoo.com
> California, Maryland
> 
> From: Daniel Rauch 
> To: Jim Nelson  
> Cc: MDbirding  
> Sent: Friday, February 27, 2015 9:58 AM
> Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Yet another Raven report in DC
> 
> The raven fly over north to south east at 1pm over the arboretum. I had a 
great view of the skyline at the time and did not see another. 

> According to the 2nd md/DC breeding bird atlas, there weren't any nests in 
Montgomery County. The closest to dc is Frederick on the Maryland side. Are 
they working their way down the Potomac Gorge on the Virginia side? 

> 
> Dan Rauch 
> Washington DC
> 
> 
> 
>> On Feb 27, 2015, at 9:39 AM, "Jim Nelson"  wrote:
>> 
>> I just looked at my daily eBird rare bird alert for DC and see that Dan 
Rauch reported a Common Raven at noon yesterday at the National Arboretum – 
good chance it is one of the birds Paul saw a bit earlier. This the nice 
synergy of MDBirding and eBird for identifying and locating interesting birds. 

>>  
>> Jim Nelson
>> Bethesda, MD
>>  
>> From: Paul Pisano
>> Sent: Friday, February 27, 2015 8:24 AM
>> To: mdbirding AT googlegroups.com
>> Subject: [MDBirding] Yet another Raven report in DC
>>  
>> I know this is becoming old news to some, but still exciting to me. Late 
yesterday morning (at 11:15am to be exact), I was on a conference call and 
staring out the window of my office (the story of my work life), which is by 
the Navy Yard in SE DC. My office looks north, over Capitol Hill, and I saw 3 
crows chasing a larger, all black bird. I just so happened to have a pair of 
bins by my phone, so I got on the birds and confirmed my suspicion - the crows 
were chasing a COMMON RAVEN. The birds were flying really low, and the raven 
evaded the crows by dropping down to street level (ie, it went below the 
skyline, which consists mostly of 3 story houses). The crows turned off and the 
raven came back up and immediately joined another raven. They then flew east at 
a quick clip. 

>>  
>> I wonder if these are the same 2 birds that Dan Rauch recently reported from 
the Chain Bridge area or if it's a different pair. If the latter, how many 
ravens are now calling DC home? 

>>  
>> Good birding,
>> Paul Pisano
>> Arlington, VA
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Subject: Re: Yet another Raven report in DC
From: David Mozurkewich <mozurk AT bellAtlantic.net>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:47:27 -0500
On Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:13:22 +0000 (UTC)
"'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding"
 wrote:

> If you look at eBird, you'll see that Common Ravens have greatly
> expanded their range from basically Sideling Hill, historicall, to
> where they are now on the western shore of the Chesapeake in
> northern/central Anne Arundel, in Maryland, and to the western shore
> of the Potomac in Virginia. Not sure why they haven't pushed into
> Calvert, Charles or St. Mary's yet but that range seems to have
> stayed fixed for the last several years.

 Tyler,

Ravens have not yet pushed into Calvert, Charles and St Mary's counties
because in both MD and VA they are still confined to the piedmont.  The
fall line runs through northern DC then south just west of the Potomac
River.  SE DC and northern Anne Arundel counties are in the coastal
plane, but not by much and I don't think they're nesting there.  The
nesting birds on the Howard-PG county line are also piedmont.

Dave  Mozurkewich

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Subject: Rough legged Hawk
From: keyweststyle2001 AT gmail.com
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:29:25 -0500




Subject: Rough Iegged Irvine
From: Kye jenkins <kyebird54 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 07:17:16 -0800 (PST)
Tim Houghton just texted me that he had a Rough legged hawk at Irvine,Kye 
Jenkins 


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Subject: Re: Yet another Raven report in DC
From: "'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:13:22 +0000 (UTC)
If you look at eBird, you'll see that Common Ravens have greatly expanded their 
range from basically Sideling Hill, historicall, to where they are now on the 
western shore of the Chesapeake in northern/central Anne Arundel, in Maryland, 
and to the western shore of the Potomac in Virginia. Not sure why they haven't 
pushed into Calvert, Charles or St. Mary's yet but that range seems to have 
stayed fixed for the last several years. 


Tyler Bell
jtylerbell AT yahoo.com
California, Maryland
      From: Daniel Rauch 
 To: Jim Nelson  
Cc: MDbirding  
 Sent: Friday, February 27, 2015 9:58 AM
 Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Yet another Raven report in DC
   
 The raven fly over north to south east at 1pm over the arboretum.  I had a 
great view of the skyline at the time and did not see another.  According to 
the 2nd md/DC breeding bird atlas, there weren't any nests in Montgomery 
County. The closest to dc is Frederick on the Maryland side.  Are they working 
their way down the Potomac Gorge on the Virginia side?   

Dan Rauch Washington DC


On Feb 27, 2015, at 9:39 AM, "Jim Nelson"  wrote:


I just looked at my daily eBird rare bird alert for DC and see that Dan Rauch 
reported a Common Raven at noon yesterday at the National Arboretum – good 
chance it is one of the birds Paul saw a bit earlier.  This the nice synergy 
of MDBirding and eBird for identifying and locating interesting birds. Jim 
NelsonBethesda, MD From: Paul Pisano Sent: Friday, February 27, 2015 8:24 
AMTo: mdbirding AT googlegroups.com Subject: [MDBirding] Yet another Raven report 
in DC I know this is becoming old news to some, but still exciting to me.  
Late yesterday morning (at 11:15am to be exact), I was on a conference call and 
staring out the window of my office (the story of my work life), which is by 
the Navy Yard in SE DC.  My office looks north, over Capitol Hill, and I saw 3 
crows chasing a larger, all black bird.  I just so happened to have a pair of 
bins by my phone, so I got on the birds and confirmed my suspicion - the crows 
were chasing a COMMON RAVEN.  The birds were flying really low, and the raven 
evaded the crows by dropping down to street level (ie, it went below the 
skyline, which consists mostly of 3 story houses).  The crows turned off and 
the raven came back up and immediately joined another raven.  They then flew 
east at a quick clip. I wonder if these are the same 2 birds that Dan Rauch 
recently reported from the Chain Bridge area or if it's a different pair.  If 
the latter, how many ravens are now calling DC home? Good birding,Paul 
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Subject: Re: Yet another Raven report in DC
From: Daniel Rauch <danrauch11 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:58:44 -0500
 The raven fly over north to south east at 1pm over the arboretum. I had a 
great view of the skyline at the time and did not see another. 

According to the 2nd md/DC breeding bird atlas, there weren't any nests in 
Montgomery County. The closest to dc is Frederick on the Maryland side. Are 
they working their way down the Potomac Gorge on the Virginia side? 


Dan Rauch 
Washington DC

> On Feb 27, 2015, at 9:39 AM, "Jim Nelson"  wrote:
> 
> I just looked at my daily eBird rare bird alert for DC and see that Dan Rauch 
reported a Common Raven at noon yesterday at the National Arboretum – good 
chance it is one of the birds Paul saw a bit earlier. This the nice synergy of 
MDBirding and eBird for identifying and locating interesting birds. 

>  
> Jim Nelson
> Bethesda, MD
>  
> From: Paul Pisano
> Sent: Friday, February 27, 2015 8:24 AM
> To: mdbirding AT googlegroups.com
> Subject: [MDBirding] Yet another Raven report in DC
>  
> I know this is becoming old news to some, but still exciting to me. Late 
yesterday morning (at 11:15am to be exact), I was on a conference call and 
staring out the window of my office (the story of my work life), which is by 
the Navy Yard in SE DC. My office looks north, over Capitol Hill, and I saw 3 
crows chasing a larger, all black bird. I just so happened to have a pair of 
bins by my phone, so I got on the birds and confirmed my suspicion - the crows 
were chasing a COMMON RAVEN. The birds were flying really low, and the raven 
evaded the crows by dropping down to street level (ie, it went below the 
skyline, which consists mostly of 3 story houses). The crows turned off and the 
raven came back up and immediately joined another raven. They then flew east at 
a quick clip. 

>  
> I wonder if these are the same 2 birds that Dan Rauch recently reported from 
the Chain Bridge area or if it's a different pair. If the latter, how many 
ravens are now calling DC home? 

>  
> Good birding,
> Paul Pisano
> Arlington, VA
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Subject: Re: Yet another Raven report in DC
From: "Jim Nelson" <kingfishers2 AT verizon.net>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:39:17 -0500
I just looked at my daily eBird rare bird alert for DC and see that Dan Rauch 
reported a Common Raven at noon yesterday at the National Arboretum – good 
chance it is one of the birds Paul saw a bit earlier. This the nice synergy of 
MDBirding and eBird for identifying and locating interesting birds. 


Jim Nelson
Bethesda, MD

From: Paul Pisano 
Sent: Friday, February 27, 2015 8:24 AM
To: mdbirding AT googlegroups.com 
Subject: [MDBirding] Yet another Raven report in DC

I know this is becoming old news to some, but still exciting to me. Late 
yesterday morning (at 11:15am to be exact), I was on a conference call and 
staring out the window of my office (the story of my work life), which is by 
the Navy Yard in SE DC. My office looks north, over Capitol Hill, and I saw 3 
crows chasing a larger, all black bird. I just so happened to have a pair of 
bins by my phone, so I got on the birds and confirmed my suspicion - the crows 
were chasing a COMMON RAVEN. The birds were flying really low, and the raven 
evaded the crows by dropping down to street level (ie, it went below the 
skyline, which consists mostly of 3 story houses). The crows turned off and the 
raven came back up and immediately joined another raven. They then flew east at 
a quick clip. 


I wonder if these are the same 2 birds that Dan Rauch recently reported from 
the Chain Bridge area or if it's a different pair. If the latter, how many 
ravens are now calling DC home? 


Good birding,
Paul Pisano
Arlington, VA


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Subject: Caroline Lapland Longspurs
From: Derek Hudgins <derekhudgins AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:32:50 -0800 (PST)
At least two Lapland Longspurs continue along with nearly 90 Horned Larks at 
US-MD-Ridgely-13689 Mason Branch Rd in Caroline County. 


Good birding,
Derek Hudgins
Baltimore

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Subject: Yet another Raven report in DC
From: Paul Pisano <cheep.paul AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:24:10 -0500
I know this is becoming old news to some, but still exciting to me.  Late
yesterday morning (at 11:15am to be exact), I was on a conference call and
staring out the window of my office (the story of my work life), which
is by the Navy Yard in SE DC.  My office looks north, over Capitol Hill,
and I saw 3 crows chasing a larger, all black bird.  I just so happened to
have a pair of bins by my phone, so I got on the birds and confirmed my
suspicion - the crows were chasing a COMMON RAVEN.  The birds were flying
really low, and the raven evaded the crows by dropping down to street level
(ie, it went below the skyline, which consists mostly of 3 story houses).
The crows turned off and the raven came back up and immediately joined
another raven.  They then flew east at a quick clip.

I wonder if these are the same 2 birds that Dan Rauch recently reported
from the Chain Bridge area or if it's a different pair.  If the latter, how
many ravens are now calling DC home?

Good birding,
Paul Pisano
Arlington, VA

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Subject: Re: RE: Possible Golden-crowned sparrow in Montgomery County
From: Lucy Perron Uncu <unculp AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:19:37 -0500
No fee tomorrow

On February 26, 2015, at 9:28 PM, Anna Urciolo  wrote:

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0px } 


There is an entrance fee of $5.00 for Great Falls National Park.

 

Anna Urciolo

Rockville, MD

From: Anna Urciolo
Sent: Thursday, February 26, 2015 9:23 PM
To: mdbirding AT googlegroups.com
Subject: Possible Golden-crowned sparrow in Montgomery County

I received a phone call from a friend, who is a semi-experienced birder, who 
asked me what was the sparrow that had a bright golden crown. He had seen it 
this afternoon through binoculars about 4:30 p.m. while walking on the towpath 
upstream from Great Falls in Montgomery County. He was about 100-200 feet past 
the end of the parking lot upstream. The sparrow was actually on the ice in the 
canal, hopping around and picking things off of the ice. 


When I told him to check Google image, he said that that was the sparrow he had 
seen. He also said it matched the drawing in Sibley's. He didn't remember any 
black because he was struck by the bright yellow crown. He does know kinglets 
and knew that this was definitely not that bird. 


If anyone is in that area tomorrow, it might be worthwhile to check it out. 
There were lots of juncos and other sparrows in the vegetation along the canal, 
but this sparrow was right on the ice. 


Good luck.

Anna Urciolo

Rockville, MD

 

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Subject: Light morph Rough-Legged at Konterra Rd in PG County
From: Andy Beiderman <aandyy AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:44:40 -0800 (PST)
Tim Carney found (somehow) a light morph Rough-Legged Hawk at the Konterra Rd. 
location. It was very far out, alongside the highway on the complete opposite 
side from the metal gate by the end of Van Dusen Rd. It was just barely a light 
speck in binoculars, but was clear in the scope and some terrible long distance 
photos can show the dark belly. I was not lucky enough to see any of the 
Short-eared Owls that have been there on and off, but I was glad Tim came along 
and found the RLHA. 


Andy Beiderman
Baltimore, MD

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Subject: RE: Possible Golden-crowned sparrow in Montgomery County
From: Anna Urciolo <urcioloa AT sidwell.edu>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 02:28:03 +0000
There is an entrance fee of $5.00 for Great Falls National Park.



Anna Urciolo

Rockville, MD

________________________________
From: Anna Urciolo
Sent: Thursday, February 26, 2015 9:23 PM
To: mdbirding AT googlegroups.com
Subject: Possible Golden-crowned sparrow in Montgomery County

I received a phone call from a friend, who is a semi-experienced birder, who 
asked me what was the sparrow that had a bright golden crown. He had seen it 
this afternoon through binoculars about 4:30 p.m. while walking on the towpath 
upstream from Great Falls in Montgomery County. He was about 100-200 feet past 
the end of the parking lot upstream. The sparrow was actually on the ice in the 
canal, hopping around and picking things off of the ice. 

When I told him to check Google image, he said that that was the sparrow he had 
seen. He also said it matched the drawing in Sibley's. He didn't remember any 
black because he was struck by the bright yellow crown. He does know kinglets 
and knew that this was definitely not that bird. 

If anyone is in that area tomorrow, it might be worthwhile to check it out. 
There were lots of juncos and other sparrows in the vegetation along the canal, 
but this sparrow was right on the ice. 

Good luck.
Anna Urciolo
Rockville, MD

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Subject: Possible Golden-crowned sparrow in Montgomery County
From: Anna Urciolo <urcioloa AT sidwell.edu>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 02:23:18 +0000
I received a phone call from a friend, who is a semi-experienced birder, who 
asked me what was the sparrow that had a bright golden crown. He had seen it 
this afternoon through binoculars about 4:30 p.m. while walking on the towpath 
upstream from Great Falls in Montgomery County. He was about 100-200 feet past 
the end of the parking lot upstream. The sparrow was actually on the ice in the 
canal, hopping around and picking things off of the ice. 

When I told him to check Google image, he said that that was the sparrow he had 
seen. He also said it matched the drawing in Sibley's. He didn't remember any 
black because he was struck by the bright yellow crown. He does know kinglets 
and knew that this was definitely not that bird. 

If anyone is in that area tomorrow, it might be worthwhile to check it out. 
There were lots of juncos and other sparrows in the vegetation along the canal, 
but this sparrow was right on the ice. 

Good luck.
Anna Urciolo
Rockville, MD

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Subject: WWScoter, Mouth of Monocacy (Mont. Co.)
From: Andy Wilson <awilson.gettysburg AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 20:52:16 -0500
There was a male White-winged Scoter at the Mouth of the Monocacy this
afternoon. Was downstream, Montgomery County side. Looked to be an adult,
but was distant.

Large numbers of diving duck, especially on the Montgomery County side
where there were 120+ Common Goldeneye, 7 Canvasbacks and 35+ Redheads. 1
male Red-breasted Merganser among the smaller numbers of duck on the
Frederick side. Lots of distant ducks went unidentified. Total of five Bald
Eagles patrolling...and causing havoc.

Also 3 Barred Owls calling, and impressive numbers of passerines along the
edges of the ice - including more than 40 bluebirds.

A few waterbirds upstream at Nolands Ferry, including 13 Tundra Swans.
Counted 105 Black Vultures gathered in trees nearby - impressive total!

Saw two dark-morph Rough-legged Hawks at Stull Rd at lunchtime -- *at least*
4 birds still hanging around there this week, 2 light, 2 dark.

cheers


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Frederick, MD/Gettysburg College, PA
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Subject: Rusty Blackbirds and Purple Finches in western Howard County Feb 26
From: Jim Wilkinson <lakekoshare AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 16:01:13 -0800 (PST)
The flock of Rusty Blackbirds at the Florence Road silage pit has grown to at 
least 30 birds and there seem to be more purple finches at nearby feeders with 
one male and at least 7 brown birds. 


ebird checklist here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22084559


Jim Wilkinson
Columbia, MD

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Subject: [WA] CCLO update
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:35:54 -0500
The first item of business is to state that the Chestnut-collared
Longspur [CCLO] was not sighted today.  I did make a pass by the
location [Chewsville Rd off of MD 66] where the bird had been reported
in hopes that the recent snows might have pushed the bird back to its
road edge haunts.  Sadly, there was less snow in Washington County
[WA] from the Saturday storm than I expected and as a result the
fields were 80% or more snow free.  I travelled Chewsville Rd to a
left on White Hall Rd continuing past the intersection with MT Aetna
Rd to [I believe it is] Beaver Creek Rd and had almost no encounters
with road edge birds.

Jim Speicher
BroadRun/Burkittsville area
[FR] Frederick County
WCBC member

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Subject: Re: Snowy Owl, Montgomery County, 2/25 ~4:30 pm
From: world oceans <world.oceans7 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:56:42 -0500
Hi everyone,
To answer the question of what my previous comment meant:

I was expressing concern for the safety of the owl, not just of birders.
Unfortunately there were a few incidents in the past where some people
(including policemen, believe it or not) thought target practice on owls in
that same county would be fun. I am glad to see that a reasonable level of
trust can be placed on IWL members and property owners in that area.

I  certainly do not want to open a can of worms because the topic of
birders disturbing owls has already been widely discussed on this site and
elsewhere. But owls are sensitive species and they are fully protected
under federal law, which does not stop some people from shooting them. Many
of us who have studied owls all our lives continue to stick to the same
principle: specific details of any owl's location should never be posted
online. That info can more safely be shared by private communication among
birders. The safety and welfare of a bird is ALWAYS more important than
whether we get to see it or not.

Having said that, I hope all of you are able to see and enjoy this bird.

James Gibson

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Subject: Rough-legged Hawk at Irvine Nature Center
From: Keith Eric Costley <oriolekec1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:41:47 -0500
The Rough-legged Hawk was being mobbed by a single American crow on the far end 
of the South Meadow approximately 700 feet away from me. As it circled just 
above the tree tops I had a clear view of the dark patches at the wrists of the 
nearly white wing linings. The belly was dark. In less than a minute it 
retreated east into the Caves Farm property (private) and I could hear another 
pair of crows calling in alarm. No pics! 


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

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Subject: Re: Snowy Owl, Montgomery County, 2/25 ~4:30 pm
From: "'Sarah Anderson' via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:28:23 -0500
Thanks for the information, Jim.

I hope my earlier comment about there being shooting on that property wasn't 
taken as a slight to the IWL - it wasn't meant that way at all. It was a 
tongue-in-cheek way of emphasizing that people should not trespass there. 


Thanks again!

 

 

Sarah B. Anderson
Cabin John, MD
www.sarahanderson.net

 

 

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From: Jim Nelson 
To: MDbirding 
Sent: Thu, Feb 26, 2015 3:23 pm
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Snowy Owl, Montgomery County, 2/25 ~4:30 pm


  
   
    
I did not see the Snowy Owl, but I communicated with one of the observers. The 
bird was seen late yesterday afternoon flying over the fields on the west side 
of West Willard Road. It was seen from Izaak Walton Way, which is the entry 
road to the Izaak Walton League (IWL) property. This property, as noted 
earlier, is private and can only be birded by IWL members or by guests 
accompanied by a member. The IWL is a well-regarded conservation organization, 
and the members are well-versed in proper use of firearms and what game may be 
legally hunted and when. All the fields in this area are private property. The 
fields can be viewed from West Willard Road, but, as noted, it is a narrow, 
two-lane road with no easy pull-off areas. The IWL property is hunted, in the 
appropriate seasons, and they have gun ranges where the members shoot at 
targets. The ranges are well away from West Willard Road, so, even if you hear 
gunfire, there is no danger. 

    
    
    
The folks at the IWL have been very cooperative with the birding community. We 
bird their property for the Seneca Christmas Bird Count and use their Chapter 
House as the gathering area for the counters in Sector 7 of the Seneca CBC. 
They have also allowed the Montgomery Bird Club to conduct bird walks on their 
property. 

    
    
    
I hope this bird sticks around the area and someone else locates it.   
    
    
    
Jim Nelson   
    
Bethesda, MD   
         
      
      
      
       
       From:        world oceans       
       
       Sent: Thursday, February 26, 2015 2:04 PM      
       
       To:        Sarah Anderson       
       
 Cc: Tim Houghton ; Santosh Shanmuga ; mdbirding AT googlegroups.com 

       
 Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Snowy Owl, Montgomery County, 2/25 ~4:30 pm 

     
    
     
     
 If people are shooting there it might be a very good idea to NOT post any 
details about where the bird was seen. I suggest you communicate that info 
privately. 

Dr. james Gibson    
    
On Thursday, February 26, 2015, 'Sarah Anderson' via Maryland & DC Birding < 
mdbirding AT googlegroups.com> wrote: 

> All I know is that the Izaak Walton property is private and posted and, being 
the Izaak Walton League they shoot guns there :-) 

>    
> It would be helpful to know if the bird was seen from the road / public 
access or from within the private property. It's not clear from the original 
post. 

>    
> Thanks in advance!    
>    
> Sarah Anderson    
> Cabin John, MD    
>    
> Sent from my prrreciousss6plusss    
>    
>> On Feb 26, 2015, at 1:41 PM, Tim Houghton < thoughton AT loyola.edu> wrote: 

>>    
>> I've never beet to this area, and I'd like something more specific since it 
may not be obvious where to go to look for the owl. 

>>    
>> Tim Houghton    
>> (Glen Arm)    
>> ________________________________________    
>> From: mdbirding AT googlegroups.com [ mdbirding AT googlegroups.com] on behalf of 
Santosh Shanmuga [ sshanmuga.siemens AT gmail.com] 

>> Sent: Thursday, February 26, 2015 11:34 AM    
>> To:     mdbirding AT googlegroups.com    
>> Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Snowy Owl, Montgomery County, 2/25 ~4:30 pm    
>>    
>> ANy more details???    
>>    
>>> On Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 10:08:17 AM UTC-5, Marcy Stutzman wrote: 

>>> I just received information that a Snowy Owl was seen yesterday around 4:30 
p.m. by several individuals at the: 

>>>    
>>> Bethesda Chevy Chase Izaak Walton League of America (IWLA)    
>>> 20601 Izaak Walton Way    
>>> Poolesville, MD 20837    
>>>    
>>> Izaak Walton Way intersects W. Williard Road north of River Road and south 
of Poolesville, MD 

>>>    
>>> As many of us know, this can be a very birdy area!    
>>>    
>>> Good luck!    
>>>    
>>> Marcy Stutzman    
>>> Russett, MD 20724    
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Subject: Re: Snowy Owl, Montgomery County, 2/25 ~4:30 pm
From: "Jim Nelson" <kingfishers2 AT verizon.net>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:23:27 -0500
I did not see the Snowy Owl, but I communicated with one of the observers. The 
bird was seen late yesterday afternoon flying over the fields on the west side 
of West Willard Road. It was seen from Izaak Walton Way, which is the entry 
road to the Izaak Walton League (IWL) property. This property, as noted 
earlier, is private and can only be birded by IWL members or by guests 
accompanied by a member. The IWL is a well-regarded conservation organization, 
and the members are well-versed in proper use of firearms and what game may be 
legally hunted and when. All the fields in this area are private property. The 
fields can be viewed from West Willard Road, but, as noted, it is a narrow, 
two-lane road with no easy pull-off areas. The IWL property is hunted, in the 
appropriate seasons, and they have gun ranges where the members shoot at 
targets. The ranges are well away from West Willard Road, so, even if you hear 
gunfire, there is no danger. 


The folks at the IWL have been very cooperative with the birding community. We 
bird their property for the Seneca Christmas Bird Count and use their Chapter 
House as the gathering area for the counters in Sector 7 of the Seneca CBC. 
They have also allowed the Montgomery Bird Club to conduct bird walks on their 
property. 


I hope this bird sticks around the area and someone else locates it.

Jim Nelson
Bethesda, MD

From: world oceans 
Sent: Thursday, February 26, 2015 2:04 PM
To: Sarah Anderson 
Cc: Tim Houghton ; Santosh Shanmuga ; mdbirding AT googlegroups.com 
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Snowy Owl, Montgomery County, 2/25 ~4:30 pm

If people are shooting there it might be a very good idea to NOT post any 
details about where the bird was seen. I suggest you communicate that info 
privately. 

Dr. james Gibson

On Thursday, February 26, 2015, 'Sarah Anderson' via Maryland & DC Birding 
 wrote: 

> All I know is that the Izaak Walton property is private and posted and, being 
the Izaak Walton League they shoot guns there :-) 

>
> It would be helpful to know if the bird was seen from the road / public 
access or from within the private property. It's not clear from the original 
post. 

>
> Thanks in advance!
>
> Sarah Anderson
> Cabin John, MD
>
> Sent from my prrreciousss6plusss
>
>> On Feb 26, 2015, at 1:41 PM, Tim Houghton  wrote:
>>
>> I've never beet to this area, and I'd like something more specific since it 
may not be obvious where to go to look for the owl. 

>>
>> Tim Houghton
>> (Glen Arm)
>> ________________________________________
>> From: mdbirding AT googlegroups.com [mdbirding AT googlegroups.com] on behalf of 
Santosh Shanmuga [sshanmuga.siemens AT gmail.com] 

>> Sent: Thursday, February 26, 2015 11:34 AM
>> To: mdbirding AT googlegroups.com
>> Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Snowy Owl, Montgomery County, 2/25 ~4:30 pm
>>
>> ANy more details???
>>
>>> On Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 10:08:17 AM UTC-5, Marcy Stutzman wrote:
>>> I just received information that a Snowy Owl was seen yesterday around 4:30 
p.m. by several individuals at the: 

>>>
>>> Bethesda Chevy Chase Izaak Walton League of America (IWLA)
>>> 20601 Izaak Walton Way
>>> Poolesville, MD 20837
>>>
>>> Izaak Walton Way intersects W. Williard Road north of River Road and south 
of Poolesville, MD 

>>>
>>> As many of us know, this can be a very birdy area!
>>>
>>> Good luck!
>>>
>>> Marcy Stutzman
>>> Russett, MD 20724
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Subject: Re: Snowy Owl, Montgomery County, 2/25 ~4:30 pm
From: Steve Huy <grisly.remains AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:55:53 -0800 (PST)
On Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 10:08:17 AM UTC-5, Marcy Stutzman wrote:
> I just received information that a Snowy Owl was seen yesterday around 4:30 
p.m. by several individuals at the: 

> 
> Bethesda Chevy Chase Izaak Walton League of America (IWLA)
> 20601 Izaak Walton Way
> Poolesville, MD 20837
> 
> Izaak Walton Way intersects W. Williard Road north of River Road and south of 
Poolesville, MD 

> 
> As many of us know, this can be a very birdy area!
> 
> Good luck!
> 
> Marcy Stutzman
> Russett, MD 20724

James Gibson - I'm not sure I understand the point of your comment. Please 
explain. Thanks 


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Subject: Re: Snowy Owl, Montgomery County, 2/25 ~4:30 pm
From: world oceans <world.oceans7 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:04:35 -0500
If people are shooting there it might be a very good idea to NOT post any
details about where the bird was seen. I suggest you communicate that info
privately.
Dr. james Gibson

On Thursday, February 26, 2015, 'Sarah Anderson' via Maryland & DC Birding <
mdbirding AT googlegroups.com> wrote:
> All I know is that the Izaak Walton property is private and posted and,
being the Izaak Walton League they shoot guns there :-)
>
> It would be helpful to know if the bird was seen from the road / public
access or from within the private property.  It's not clear from the
original post.
>
> Thanks in advance!
>
> Sarah Anderson
> Cabin John, MD
>
> Sent from my prrreciousss6plusss
>
>> On Feb 26, 2015, at 1:41 PM, Tim Houghton  wrote:
>>
>> I've never beet to this area, and I'd like something more specific since
it may not be obvious where to go to look for the owl.
>>
>> Tim Houghton
>> (Glen Arm)
>> ________________________________________
>> From: mdbirding AT googlegroups.com [mdbirding AT googlegroups.com] on behalf
of Santosh Shanmuga [sshanmuga.siemens AT gmail.com]
>> Sent: Thursday, February 26, 2015 11:34 AM
>> To: mdbirding AT googlegroups.com
>> Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Snowy Owl, Montgomery County, 2/25 ~4:30 pm
>>
>> ANy more details???
>>
>>> On Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 10:08:17 AM UTC-5, Marcy Stutzman
wrote:
>>> I just received information that a Snowy Owl was seen yesterday around
4:30 p.m. by several individuals at the:
>>>
>>> Bethesda Chevy Chase Izaak Walton League of America (IWLA)
>>> 20601 Izaak Walton Way
>>> Poolesville, MD 20837
>>>
>>> Izaak Walton Way intersects W. Williard Road north of River Road and
south of Poolesville, MD
>>>
>>> As many of us know, this can be a very birdy area!
>>>
>>> Good luck!
>>>
>>> Marcy Stutzman
>>> Russett, MD 20724
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Subject: Fwd: Re: Snowy Owl, Montgomery County, 2/25 ~4:30 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:58:08 -0500
Sent only to Tim...meant to send to ALL

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: JAMES SPEICHER 
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:56:46 -0500
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Snowy Owl, Montgomery County, 2/25 ~4:30 pm
To: Tim Houghton 

I can add that W Willard is typical of the narrow country roads in
that part of the county with no shoulders.  Best time for meandering
on it would be between the prime commuter travel windows.

I'm guessing the Izaak Walton League property is posted.

Jim Speicher
BroadRun/Burkittsville area
[FR] Frederick County
WCBC member

On 2/26/15, Tim Houghton  wrote:
> I've never beet to this area, and I'd like something more specific since it
> may not be obvious where to go to look for the owl.
>
> Tim Houghton
> (Glen Arm)
> ________________________________________
> From: mdbirding AT googlegroups.com [mdbirding AT googlegroups.com] on behalf of
> Santosh Shanmuga [sshanmuga.siemens AT gmail.com]
> Sent: Thursday, February 26, 2015 11:34 AM
> To: mdbirding AT googlegroups.com
> Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Snowy Owl, Montgomery County, 2/25 ~4:30 pm
>
> ANy more details???
>
> On Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 10:08:17 AM UTC-5, Marcy Stutzman wrote:
>> I just received information that a Snowy Owl was seen yesterday around
>> 4:30 p.m. by several individuals at the:
>>
>> Bethesda Chevy Chase Izaak Walton League of America (IWLA)
>> 20601 Izaak Walton Way
>> Poolesville, MD 20837
>>
>> Izaak Walton Way intersects W. Williard Road north of River Road and south
>> of Poolesville, MD
>>
>> As many of us know, this can be a very birdy area!
>>
>> Good luck!
>>
>> Marcy Stutzman
>> Russett, MD 20724
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Subject: Re: Re: Snowy Owl, Montgomery County, 2/25 ~4:30 pm
From: "'Sarah Anderson' via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:52:35 -0500
All I know is that the Izaak Walton property is private and posted and, being 
the Izaak Walton League they shoot guns there :-) 


It would be helpful to know if the bird was seen from the road / public access 
or from within the private property. It's not clear from the original post. 


Thanks in advance!

Sarah Anderson
Cabin John, MD

Sent from my prrreciousss6plusss

> On Feb 26, 2015, at 1:41 PM, Tim Houghton  wrote:
> 
> I've never beet to this area, and I'd like something more specific since it 
may not be obvious where to go to look for the owl. 

> 
> Tim Houghton
> (Glen Arm)
> ________________________________________
> From: mdbirding AT googlegroups.com [mdbirding AT googlegroups.com] on behalf of 
Santosh Shanmuga [sshanmuga.siemens AT gmail.com] 

> Sent: Thursday, February 26, 2015 11:34 AM
> To: mdbirding AT googlegroups.com
> Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Snowy Owl, Montgomery County, 2/25 ~4:30 pm
> 
> ANy more details???
> 
>> On Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 10:08:17 AM UTC-5, Marcy Stutzman wrote:
>> I just received information that a Snowy Owl was seen yesterday around 4:30 
p.m. by several individuals at the: 

>> 
>> Bethesda Chevy Chase Izaak Walton League of America (IWLA)
>> 20601 Izaak Walton Way
>> Poolesville, MD 20837
>> 
>> Izaak Walton Way intersects W. Williard Road north of River Road and south 
of Poolesville, MD 

>> 
>> As many of us know, this can be a very birdy area!
>> 
>> Good luck!
>> 
>> Marcy Stutzman
>> Russett, MD 20724
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Subject: RE: Re: Snowy Owl, Montgomery County, 2/25 ~4:30 pm
From: Tim Houghton <thoughton AT loyola.edu>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:41:41 +0000
I've never beet to this area, and I'd like something more specific since it may 
not be obvious where to go to look for the owl. 


Tim Houghton
(Glen Arm)
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From: mdbirding AT googlegroups.com [mdbirding AT googlegroups.com] on behalf of 
Santosh Shanmuga [sshanmuga.siemens AT gmail.com] 

Sent: Thursday, February 26, 2015 11:34 AM
To: mdbirding AT googlegroups.com
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Snowy Owl, Montgomery County, 2/25 ~4:30 pm

ANy more details???

On Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 10:08:17 AM UTC-5, Marcy Stutzman wrote:
> I just received information that a Snowy Owl was seen yesterday around 4:30 
p.m. by several individuals at the: 

>
> Bethesda Chevy Chase Izaak Walton League of America (IWLA)
> 20601 Izaak Walton Way
> Poolesville, MD 20837
>
> Izaak Walton Way intersects W. Williard Road north of River Road and south of 
Poolesville, MD 

>
> As many of us know, this can be a very birdy area!
>
> Good luck!
>
> Marcy Stutzman
> Russett, MD 20724

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Subject: Canvasback, Snipe, leucistic gull at Schoolhouse Pond
From: Fred Shaffer <glaucousgull AT verizon.net>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:05:56 +0000 (UTC)
I had a beautiful lunchtime walk around Schoolhouse Pond today, with 3 inches 
or so of fresh snow on the ground and a nice variety of birds present.  The 
maintenance workers did their usual while clearing the snow along the boardwalk 
to the office townhouses by laying seed down on the boardwalk for traction.  
The birds were on the boardwalk in large numbers.  I mostly saw juncos and 
White-throated Sparrows, but a few Song Sparrows and Northern Cardinals were 
also present.  I am still hoping that some American Tree Sparrows will come to 
the seed on the boardwalk, as they did during the snowstorms in 2010.  Also, 
in the small area of open water, one male Canvasback was present, which is 
fairly unusual for the pond.  A Wilson's Snipe was foraging along a small 
creek feeding in the pond as well.  As with many days this years, gulls 
consisted solely of Ring-billed Gulls.  But, there was one apparently mostly 
leucistic Ring-billed Gull present that was mostly white, except for some 
medium brown tertials and primaries, and some faint streaking on the head.  
Also of note was a close pair of Pileated Woodpeckers that appeared to be 
stripping the bark off a dead limb.  Lastly, I did not see the continuing 
female Blue-winged Teal today, but it has been present all of the other days 
this week, and has been fairly regular all winter at the pond.  Good 
birding, Fred ShafferGlaucousGull AT verizon.netCrofton, Anne Arundel 


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Subject: Swan Creek 2/25/2015
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 09:36:23 -0800 (PST)
Official census yesterday. 50 species, lots of birds, nothing 
mega-extraordinary but still several highlights. The most notable discovery was 
a large number of COMMON MERGANSERS. In 3.5 years of working on or near the 
site, this was my first time seeing this species here. There were only 4 
records on eBird before yesterday. The mergs were all over the river and I even 
saw 2 on the beach in the wetlands. There were even more Common and RB Mergs 
farther out towards Baltimore that I did not put on this list. 


Other good birds: Gadwall, Green-winged Teal, Red-breasted Merganser, Brown 
Creeper, Gray Catbird, American Tree Sparrow, Fox Sparrow. 


Sad to see so many dead ducks (at least 10-15) on the ice out in the Patapsco 
River, but the gulls were reaping the benefits of it. I guess the ducks froze. 
Fortunately duck numbers were high and I had at least 1500 each of Canvasback 
and Lesser Scaup. 


Full list: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22069680

Tim Carney
Canton, MD

*** 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, 7:00 
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. 


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Subject: Re: Snowy Owl, Montgomery County, 2/25 ~4:30 pm
From: Santosh Shanmuga <sshanmuga.siemens AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 08:34:14 -0800 (PST)
ANy more details???

On Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 10:08:17 AM UTC-5, Marcy Stutzman wrote:
> I just received information that a Snowy Owl was seen yesterday around 4:30 
p.m. by several individuals at the: 

> 
> Bethesda Chevy Chase Izaak Walton League of America (IWLA)
> 20601 Izaak Walton Way
> Poolesville, MD 20837
> 
> Izaak Walton Way intersects W. Williard Road north of River Road and south of 
Poolesville, MD 

> 
> As many of us know, this can be a very birdy area!
> 
> Good luck!
> 
> Marcy Stutzman
> Russett, MD 20724

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Subject: Re: Elkton Marsh and other Cecil Birds
From: Linda Just <ljustrn AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:10:02 -0500
Sorry all, The Black phased Rough-legged hawk was actually perched in a
deciduous tree, next to the solitary cedar tree.  I need to look more
carefully at my e-mails before I press send!

Lin

On Wed, Feb 25, 2015 at 3:25 PM, Lin Just  wrote:

> Stopped by Elkton Marsh after dipping on the gulls at Northeast Town
> Park.  Both a Dark and a Light colored ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, put on quite a
> show.  The Dark we initially spotted in a cedar tree alongside the marsh,
> then flew across us alongside the marsh.  Quite a show!  My husband was
> able to get some shots of the Dark.  I don't have too much experience with
> Rough-leggeds, but the Dark looked like an adult, very dark individual,
> with contrasting dark and white below.  I did not see the distinctive wrist
> patch as shown in Sibleys, as the juvenile.  Port Deposit still had the
> WHITE-WINGED SCOTER.  Beautiful day to be out with low wind.
>
> Lin Just
> Colora, Md
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Subject: Snowy Owl, Montgomery County, 2/25 ~4:30 pm
From: Marcy Stutzman <marciastutzman AT netscape.net>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 07:08:17 -0800 (PST)
I just received information that a Snowy Owl was seen yesterday around 4:30 
p.m. by several individuals at the: 


Bethesda Chevy Chase Izaak Walton League of America (IWLA)
20601 Izaak Walton Way
Poolesville, MD 20837

Izaak Walton Way intersects W. Williard Road north of River Road and south of 
Poolesville, MD 


As many of us know, this can be a very birdy area!

Good luck!

Marcy Stutzman
Russett, MD 20724

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Subject: Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz
From: "'Bill Hubick' via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 02:31:35 +0000 (UTC)
Hi Everyone,
Please read below about the alarming decline in Rusty Blackbirds and how you 
can contribute to a concerted effort to understand the problem and target the 
most effective conservation measures.  

Rusty Blackbirds face an unfortunateand remarkable notoriety: this species has 
endured a decline more severe thanthat of any other once-common landbird. In 
2014, the International RustyBlackbird Working Group, in partnership with the 
U.S. Fish and WildlifeService, the Vermont Center for Ecostudies, eBird, and 
many other state,federal, and local partners, launched a three-year Rusty 
Blackbird SpringMigration Blitz that challenged birders to scour the landscape 
for RustyBlackbirds during this species’ northward migration.  Between 1 
March and 15 June, 4750 birderssubmitted 13,400 checklists containing Rusty 
Blackbird observations to eBird, ahugely successful first season that has 
allowed us to start looking atpotential Rusty Blackbird migratory hotspots, 
habitat use, and potentialmigratory pathways. 




 
We hope you’ll consider participating in Year 2 of the Blitzthis spring!  
It’s easy- bird as younormally do during the Blitz window (1 March through 15 
June) and submit yourdata to eBird using the “Rusty Blackbird Spring 
Migration Blitz” observationtype.  

Attached is a map indicating where Rusty Blackbirds were detected in Maryland 
in 2014.  You can also check out this link for an interactive map of 
sightings: http://rustyblackbird.org/outreach/migration-blitz/2015-areas-of-interest/. 

To learn more about Rusty Blackbirds and the Blitz effort,please visit the 
Migration Blitz website (http://rustyblackbird.org/outreach/migration-blitz/) 
and follow their Facebook page 
(https://www.facebook.com/rustyblackbirdspringblitz). 



 
You can check out some great photos of Rusty Blackbirds in Maryland at the 
Maryland Biodiversity Project page: 


http://www.marylandbiodiversity.com/viewSpecies.php?species=1324.

Please participate! Thanks to Judith Scarl, her team, and all the project's 
sponsors for their enthusiasm and well-organized approach to this complex 
challenge. 

Good birding,
Bill Bill HubickPasadena, Maryland
bill_hubick AT yahoo.comhttp://www.billhubick.com
http://www.marylandbiodiversity.com
http://www.facebook.com/MarylandBiodiversity

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Subject: Violettes Lock - white-winged scoter, Mont Co
From: Dave Roberts <ddroberts50 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 18:22:43 -0800 (PST)
I stopped at Violettes this afternoon with not enough time to survey the huge 
variety of waterfowl. One of the first groups I viewed through the scope had an 
adult male white-winged scoter. Photo on eBird. 


Large numbers of redhead, gadwalls, canvasback, both scaup, common goldeneyes, 
etc. The red-necked grebe and long-tailed duck I saw Saturday were not obvious 
today, but I lacked time to scan every group. 


The towpath is getting icy in spots, but it's worth the effort.

Dave Roberts
Bethesda

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Subject: Black Marsh--Common Redpolls
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 16:03:21 -0800 (PST)
I swung by Black Marsh after finishing my census at Swan Creek (more on that 
later...) and had a very nice afternoon. The highlight was when three COMMON 
REDPOLLS flew into some sweet gum trees above the overflow. They worked the 
trees for a few minutes and then took off, heading northeast. I wouldn't chase 
them but who knows, maybe they came back. 


Other good birds: Virginia Rail, Barred Owl, Brown Creeper, Winter Wren, Myrtle 
Warbler, Rusty Blackbird. 


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22071132

Tim Carney
Canton, MD

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Subject: AA County ducks
From: Joe Hanfman <auk1844 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 18:57:55 -0500
Today at Thomas Point Park and Bay Ridge, I saw a crazy number of ducks. My
totals may be thousands under counted but I ended up with almost 9,000
ducks at these two nearby locations.
Also, 16 Great Cormorants on the Thomas Point Light.



Tundra Swan
American Black Duck
Mallard
Gadwall
American Wigeon
Canvasback
Redhead
Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup
Greater/Lesser Scaup
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Common Merganser
Hooded Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Horned Grebe
Great Cormorant  16     All sitting on the top of the lighthouse.
Dan Haas (not a duck)



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Columbia, MD

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Subject: Re: Elkton Marsh and other Cecil Birds
From: Linda Just <ljustrn AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 16:12:05 -0500
Just posted my birds on e-bird.  Looks like the MERLIN I had at Elkton
Marsh was flagged as rare.

Lin Just

On Wed, Feb 25, 2015 at 3:25 PM, Lin Just  wrote:

> Stopped by Elkton Marsh after dipping on the gulls at Northeast Town
> Park.  Both a Dark and a Light colored ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, put on quite a
> show.  The Dark we initially spotted in a cedar tree alongside the marsh,
> then flew across us alongside the marsh.  Quite a show!  My husband was
> able to get some shots of the Dark.  I don't have too much experience with
> Rough-leggeds, but the Dark looked like an adult, very dark individual,
> with contrasting dark and white below.  I did not see the distinctive wrist
> patch as shown in Sibleys, as the juvenile.  Port Deposit still had the
> WHITE-WINGED SCOTER.  Beautiful day to be out with low wind.
>
> Lin Just
> Colora, Md
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Subject: Horned Larks in Upperco
From: Michael Bradley <michaelbradley023 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 13:10:20 -0800 (PST)
Thanks for the heads up... Went there at 10am and the Horned Lark were in the 
unpaved parking lot of the Yellow and red farm machine building... Also I got 
an American Pipit in a drive way closer to Old Hanover rd... 


Bird On!
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Subject: Elkton Marsh and other Cecil Birds
From: Lin Just <ljustrn AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:25:08 -0800 (PST)
Stopped by Elkton Marsh after dipping on the gulls at Northeast Town Park. Both 
a Dark and a Light colored ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, put on quite a show. The Dark we 
initially spotted in a cedar tree alongside the marsh, then flew across us 
alongside the marsh. Quite a show! My husband was able to get some shots of the 
Dark. I don't have too much experience with Rough-leggeds, but the Dark looked 
like an adult, very dark individual, with contrasting dark and white below. I 
did not see the distinctive wrist patch as shown in Sibleys, as the juvenile. 
Port Deposit still had the WHITE-WINGED SCOTER. Beautiful day to be out with 
low wind. 


Lin Just
Colora, Md

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Subject: Konterra Rough-legs
From: Dan Small <small.m.dan AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 11:00:54 -0800 (PST)
Maren Gimpel and I were there yesterday (2/24) afternoon and did not see any 
Rough-legged Hawks or Short-eared Owls. 


Dan Small
Chestertown, MD

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Subject: Re: Konterra Rough-legs
From: Kurt Schwarz <goawaybird AT verizon.net>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 13:58:54 -0500
Jay Sheppard saw two Rough-legs at Konterra early this afternoon.

A friend and I plan to arrive about 5:00 and hopefully score SE Owls as
well.

Kurt Schwarz
Ellicott City, Howard
goawaybird at verizon dot net

From:  Janet Millenson 
Date:  Wednesday, February 25, 2015 1:24 PM
To:  MDBirding 
Subject:  Re: [MDBirding] Konterra Rough-legs

    
 No luck yesterday in late morning. However, I did get a nice look at a
juvenile Harrier hunting over the fields. Two other raptors were too distant
to identify, but one was probably a Red-tail.
 
 -Janet Millenson
 
 
On 2/25/2015 12:32 PM, 'Rodney Burley' via Maryland & DC Birding wrote:
 
 
>  
> Hi, any update on these birds? Did anyone see any of the or any of the
> Short-eared Owls yesterday??
>  
>  
>  
> Rod Burley
>  
> Laurel,MD
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Subject: Rough-legged Hawks-Elkton Marsh (Cecil Co.)
From: Mark Johnson <mj3151 AT outlook.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 13:33:03 -0500
I ran into Joel Martin this morning at the Elkton Marsh boat ramp and we had 
one, for sure, and possibly several light morph Rough-legged Hawks out over the 
marsh. I left Joel and headed back out north on Old Field Point Rd. where I 
pulled off the road and set up my scope just southwest of the little bridge 
over Little Elk Creek. From here, scoping south toward the boat ramp, I had at 
least two light morph Rough-legged Hawks. These may well have been the same 
birds Joel and I had seen from the other spot. I never saw the dark morph bird 
that was around yesterday. The roadside on Old Field Point was frozen and 
drivable when I arrived, but thawing and soggy by the time I left, so it was 
dicey getting the car back out. Be careful if you try to park in this area. 

 
Mark Johnson
Aberdeen
 		 	   		  

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Subject: Constitution Gardens ducks, 2/24
From: Jim Felley <jdfelley AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 10:24:26 -0800 (PST)
Usually I entitle these emails as 'Mall birds', 'Lincoln Monument birds' or 
'Tidal basin birds', depending on where I saw the highlights. Birds are scarce 
on the Mall today, and the only highlights were from the pond at Constitution 
Gardens, near the Vietnam Memorial. A couple of pumps keep some water open on 
both sides of the pond. 

 On the west side were some coots, several male Redheads and a females Redhead, 
(3) male Lesser Scaup and a female Lesser Scaup, and a female Canvasback. 

  On the open water on the east side were a few pairs of Ring-necked ducks.
 On both areas were sitting Mallards and Ring-billed gulls, with one Herring 
Gull. 

 This is the first Canvasback I've seen on the pond, they are usually on the 
Potomac or the Tidal Basin (which is currently ice-covered). 

    Jim

Jim Felley
Gaithersburg, MD

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Subject: Re: Konterra Rough-legs
From: Janet Millenson <janet AT twocrows.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 13:24:12 -0500
No luck yesterday in late morning. However, I did get a nice look at a 
juvenile Harrier hunting over the fields. Two other raptors were too 
distant to identify, but one was probably a Red-tail.

-Janet Millenson

On 2/25/2015 12:32 PM, 'Rodney Burley' via Maryland & DC Birding wrote:
> Hi, any update on these birds? Did anyone see any of the or any of the 
> Short-eared Owls yesterday??
> Rod Burley
> Laurel,MD
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Subject: Konterra Rough-legs
From: "'Rodney Burley' via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:32:10 -0500
Hi, any update on these birds? Did anyone see any of the or any of the 
Short-eared Owls yesterday?? 


Rod Burley
Laurel,MD

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Subject: Re: Re: Red-Necked Grebe at Thomas Point Park
From: Phil Davis <pdavis AT ix.netcom.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:04:47 -0500
... and also look for Common Scoter (the Eurasian equivalent of our 
Black Scoter). The first one for North America has finally shown up, 
however, it was found in California waters, rather than in the 
Canadian Maritimes or the northeast US. I would have lost money on that bet ...

Phil


At 09:52 02/25/2015, jugbayjs wrote:
>On Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 9:34:28 AM UTC-5, Warren & Lisa 
>Strobel (Birdcouple) wrote:
> > In AA County... Also huge rafts of scaup, canvasback etc close in...
>
>Would be good op to look for a Tufted. There are many reports now to 
>our north, and there's good chance of finding one here or elsewhere in MD now.
>
>Jeff Shenot
>Croom MD

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Subject: Re: Red-Necked Grebe at Thomas Point Park
From: jugbayjs <JugBayJS AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 06:52:57 -0800 (PST)
On Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 9:34:28 AM UTC-5, Warren & Lisa Strobel 
(Birdcouple) wrote: 

> In AA County... Also huge rafts of scaup, canvasback etc close in...

Would be good op to look for a Tufted. There are many reports now to our north, 
and there's good chance of finding one here or elsewhere in MD now. 


Jeff Shenot
Croom MD

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Subject: Re: Red-Necked Grebe at Thomas Point Park
From: jugbayjs <JugBayJS AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 06:52:57 -0800 (PST)
On Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 9:34:28 AM UTC-5, Warren & Lisa Strobel 
(Birdcouple) wrote: 

> In AA County... Also huge rafts of scaup, canvasback etc close in...

Would be good op to look for a Tufted. There are many reports now to our north, 
and there's good chance of finding one here or elsewhere in MD now. 


Jeff Shenot
Croom MD

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Subject: Red-Necked Grebe at Thomas Point Park
From: "'Bird couple' via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 09:34:19 -0500
In AA County. Almost due south off point, 250 to 300 yards out. 

Road into park is passable but icy, good tires recommended.

Also huge rafts of scaup, canvasback etc close in with virtually no wind.

Warren Strobel
Annapolis

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Subject: Re: Action: Protect the Runoff Remediation Fee and Create Bird Habitat
From: Marjie <msheagy AT zoominternet.net>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 06:08:47 -0800 (PST)
On Monday, February 23, 2015 at 8:13:39 PM UTC-5, Kurt Schwarz wrote:
> Bills before the State Legislature seek to repeal the Runoff Remediation Fee, 
established by the Watershed Protection and Restoration Act of 2012. Aside from 
funding efforts to prevent polluted runoff from reaching streams and the Bay, 
which benefits everything from Blue Crabs, to Bluefish, to Ospreys and herons, 
they also create bird habitat.  One site in Baltimore County has in just one 
year produced a list of 70 species, and provided needed respite in a suburban 
desert to declining migrants such as Vesper and Savannah Sparrow, Eastern 
Meadowlark, and Rusty Blackbird. This could also endanger State and Federal 
Funding for such County-based projects.  MOS supports this fee and will be 
testifying against the repeal bills in the Senate. If you agree that the Runoff 
Remediation Fee is good for the Bay and bird habitat, please consider clicking 
on the below link to contact your legislator. 

> 
> 
> http://org.salsalabs.com/o/2155/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=17217
> 
> 
> Kurt Schwarz
> Conservation Chair
> Maryland Ornithological Society
> www.mdbirds.org
> goawa... AT verizon.net

Thank you Steve, for your comments. We get enough politicizing from Audubon 
that I would hope we can use this site to just enjoy and learn about the act of 
birding. 


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