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21 Dec Re: Swan Creek ["'Bill Hubick' via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
20 Dec My Highlights from the Washington DC CBC [Bob Ringler ]
20 Dec Re: Northern Pintail at White Marsh Mall [Hugh David Fleischmann ]
20 Dec Swan Creek [Richard Hollis ]
20 Dec Purple Finches and Pine Siskin, western Howard County, Dec 20 [Jim Wilkinson ]
20 Dec Snow Bunting continues at Sandy Point [Karen Caruso ]
20 Dec Franklin's Gull-Yes ["Winger and June West" ]
20 Dec Re: Northern Pintail at White Marsh Mall [Nikki DeBraccio ]
20 Dec Northern Pintail at White Marsh Mall [Tim Carney ]
19 Dec Tufted Duck picture with the bill visible. ["Hugh David Fleischmann" ]
19 Dec Re: SWAN CREEK IS NOT OPEN ON WEEKENDS (usually) ["R. Bruce" ]
19 Dec SWAN CREEK IS NOT OPEN ON WEEKENDS (usually) [Tim Carney ]
19 Dec Swan Creek Tufted Duck Photos Link [Adam Parr ]
19 Dec Re: Eared Grebes - NOT [Adam Parr ]
19 Dec Off topic - "Pelican Dreams" [Jeffrey Culler ]
19 Dec Eared Grebes - NOT [Joe Hanfman ]
19 Dec yellow-bellied sapsuckers near Violette's Lock, C&O Canal [Judith Filner ]
19 Dec Merlin and Fox Sparrows, Columbia, Howard County, Dec 19 [Jim Wilkinson ]
19 Dec Kent Co. Franklin's Gull-Yes [Mark Johnson ]
19 Dec Re: Re: Annapolis Area Birding [Hugh Vandervoort ]
19 Dec Tufted Yes and almost on shore [Hugh David Fleischmann ]
19 Dec Re: Re: Annapolis Area Birding ["Steve Long" ]
19 Dec Re: Re: Annapolis Area Birding [Samuel Miller ]
19 Dec Re: Annapolis Area Birding [Samuel Miller ]
19 Dec Re: Annapolis Area Birding [Phil Davis ]
19 Dec Preliminary results Seneca Chirstmas Bird Count, 12/14/14 ["Jim Nelson" ]
19 Dec Preliminary results Seneca Chirstmas Bird Count,12/14/14 ["Jim Nelson" ]
19 Dec Tufted Duck - yes! ["birdingcouple via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
18 Dec Re: Short-Eared Owl Gerst Road- No [Tim Carney ]
18 Dec Tufted Duck-- Yes ["Peter Lev" ]
18 Dec JBWS Winter Waterbird Survey Dec 18 [Karen Caruso ]
18 Dec Re: MD/DCRC Couch's Kingbird documentation coordination [MD/2014-100] [Phil Davis ]
18 Dec MD/DCRC Couch's Kingbird documentation coordination [MD/2014-100] [Phil Davis ]
18 Dec Franklin's Gull, Chestertown WWTP Kent County ["'jlstasz AT aol.com' via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
18 Dec Re: Tufted Duck - Swan Creek [Adam Parr ]
18 Dec Fw: {Maryland Master Naturalist} Looking for Miner Bee Nests ["Jim Wilson" ]
18 Dec Re: Audubon variety of yellow-rumped warbler ["'jlstasz AT aol.com' via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
18 Dec Old Hanover Rd Flickers ["Guineabird via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
18 Dec Re: Tufted Duck - Swan Creek [Tim Carney ]
18 Dec Red-breasted Mergansers [George Jett ]
18 Dec Lincoln Monument birds, 12/17 [Jim Felley ]
18 Dec Tufted Duck - Swan Creek []
18 Dec Poplar Island 12/16/2014 [Tim Carney ]
18 Dec Re: POSSIBLE TUFTED DUCK [Tim Carney ]
18 Dec Re: Audubon variety of yellow-rumped warbler [David Mozurkewich ]
17 Dec Re: Audubon variety of yellow-rumped warbler [Scott Young ]
17 Dec Re: Audubon variety of yellow-rumped warbler [Hugh McGuinness ]
17 Dec Audubon variety of yellow-rumped warbler [Scott Young ]
17 Dec Short-Eared Owl Gerst Road- No [Dave Littlepage ]
17 Dec Re: POSSIBLE TUFTED DUCK [Tim Carney ]
17 Dec COMMON RAVENS Darnestown Mont. Co. [Don Simonson ]
17 Dec Swan Harbor GWFG is Back [Kurt Schwarz ]
17 Dec Re: POSSIBLE TUFTED DUCK [Tim Carney ]
17 Dec POSSIBLE TUFTED DUCK [Dan Haas ]
17 Dec Iceland Gull at Schoolhouse Pond [Fred Shaffer ]
17 Dec Re: Tripod Travel [DJ ]
17 Dec RE: Washington Co. Red-necked Grebe [Jim Green ]
17 Dec RE: Washington Co. Red-necked Grebe [Jim Green ]
17 Dec Washington Co. Red-necked Grebe [Jim Green ]
17 Dec Re: Hybrid Goose at Little Pool [Bob Ringler ]
17 Dec GWFGoose and BCNight-Heron still at Whittier, Frederick [Andy Wilson ]
17 Dec Re: Tripod Travel [Maryanne Dolan ]
17 Dec Hybrid Goose at Little Pool ["'Daniel Hinnebusch' via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
16 Dec Woodcock displaying [George Jett ]
16 Dec Fwd: DC Area, 12/16/2014 []
16 Dec Hart-Miller Island, 12/15/14 [Kevin Graff ]
16 Dec Alert: Protect Arctic birds from oil drilling [Kurt Schwarz ]
16 Dec link to photos [Cortez Austin ]
16 Dec Re: Re: Tripod Travel [world oceans ]
16 Dec Fwd: Re: Tripod Travel ["MICHAEL L. SMITH" ]
16 Dec Re: Tripod Travel [Lee Adams ]
16 Dec Re: Tripod Travel [Cortez Austin ]
16 Dec Re: Tripod Travel [Ann Hobbs ]
16 Dec Re: Tripod Travel [Hugh McGuinness ]
16 Dec Re: Tripod Travel [Gene Ricks ]
16 Dec Tripod Travel [Maryanne Dolan ]

Subject: Re: Swan Creek
From: "'Bill Hubick' via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Dec 2014 03:36:00 +0000 (UTC)
Hi Rick,
Some of us try to include the text block below in posts about the site. Anyone 
is welcome to do the same. The map should be helpful for checking in and 
visiting only allowed areas. The Tufted Duck has been in the area marked 
"South Cell", though the two cells are now one large cell due to high water. 

*** 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. *** 


Good birding,
Bill Bill HubickPasadena, 
Marylandbill_hubick AT yahoo.comhttp://www.billhubick.com 

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      From: Richard Hollis 
 To: MdDC Birds  
 Sent: Saturday, December 20, 2014 8:39 PM
 Subject: [MDBirding] Swan Creek
   
Does anyone know what days the Swan Creek Wetland--Cox Creek DMCF will be open 
over the next two weeks? 

Gonna make a run for it when I am at my Mom’s over the holidays.

Rick Hollis





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Subject: My Highlights from the Washington DC CBC
From: Bob Ringler <ringler.bob AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 22:31:24 -0500
   In the morning with John Bjerke and Jack Schultz the highlights of our
walk around Oxen Cove Park and Oxen Hill Farm were 10 Fox Sparrows, some
singing, a pair of Bald Eagles at a nest on a light tower, a Wild Turkey in
the pig pen at the farm, and a Common Loon with fish in the cove.
   In the afternoon at Anacostia Park I saw an Orange-crowned Warbler in
the trees along the river. An immature Iceland Gull (probably 2nd-winter
plumage) was on the river. I saw it first between 3 and 3:15 at low tide on
the sand bar opposite the playing fields. It flew downriver and I saw
probably the same bird again between 3:45 and 4PM across the river at the
Washington Navy Yard on the pier near the bow of the USS Barry.

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Eldersburg MD

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Subject: Re: Northern Pintail at White Marsh Mall
From: Hugh David Fleischmann <david AT macappraisals.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 21:49:37 -0500
If anyone is planning on going to see the Pintail at White marsh on Sunday 
please update MDBirding if the duck is still there. I would appreciate it, I'm 
thinking of taking a small trek to get a easy lifeR! Thank you. 


H. David Fleischmann
Owings Mills, MD
410-598-9292



> On Dec 20, 2014, at 12:21 PM, Tim Carney  wrote:
> 
> Drake in the duck pond behind The Avenue. Very cooperative and allowed for 
great photos. 

> 
> Tim Carney, Heidi Trasatti, Ryan Johnson
> Baltimore, MD
> 
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Subject: Swan Creek
From: Richard Hollis <xiboia AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 19:39:21 -0600
Does anyone know what days the Swan Creek Wetland--Cox Creek DMCF will be open 
over the next two weeks? 

Gonna make a run for it when I am at my Mom’s over the holidays.

Rick Hollis





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Subject: Purple Finches and Pine Siskin, western Howard County, Dec 20
From: Jim Wilkinson <lakekoshare AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 14:23:24 -0800 (PST)
I saw 10-15 Purple Finches along Florence Road just south of Shaffersville Road 
near a silage pit. Most of the finches were a large sycamore behind an old shed 
that is visible from the road. Purple and House Finches were also feeding on 
crab apples. There was a big flock of Cedar Waxwings in the area too. I heard 
one Pine Siskin with a flock of goldfinches near the sycamore tree. My eBird 
Checklist below: 


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20965733

Jim Wilkinson
Columbia, MD

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Subject: Snow Bunting continues at Sandy Point
From: Karen Caruso <karen.caruso AT verizon.net>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 13:40:57 -0800 (PST)
Sandy Point State Park, Anne Arundel, US-MD
Dec 20, 2014 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
15 species

Canada Goose  58
Mallard  20
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Bald Eagle  1     Second year
Ring-billed Gull  38
Great Black-backed Gull  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  2
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  8
Northern Mockingbird  1
Snow Bunting  2     Near the picnic tables at the north end of the main beach
Dark-eyed Junco  25
Northern Cardinal  2


Terrapin Nature Park, Queen Anne's, US-MD
Dec 20, 2014 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
13 species

Canada Goose  11
Turkey Vulture  4
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Crow  3
Carolina Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  3
American Robin  4
Gray Catbird  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1
White-throated Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  1

Very nice day - decent weather, co-operative birds, and that lovely sense of 
play hooky from all the holiday hoopla...... 


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Subject: Franklin's Gull-Yes
From: "Winger and June West" <westw AT erols.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 16:28:27 -0500
Dave Brenneman and I went over to the Chestertown WWTP on John Hanson Road to 
photograph the Franklin's Gull. We arrived a little before 8 A.M. this morning 
and found the Franklin's out in the middle of the pond on the north side of the 
black boom along with about 20 Ring-billed Gulls and a few Bonaparte's Gulls. 
It stayed there for about 5 minutes and then lifted off with most of the other 
gulls. We refound it on the other side of John Hanson Road in the field with 
about 50 Ring-billed Gulls. For the next half or so, it remained in the back of 
the field, still about 300 yards away. Then the flock slowly moved toward the 
road and at one point the Franklin's was about 40 yards away. Dave obviously 
got great photos, We left around 9 A.M. 


Winger West
Millersville, MD
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Subject: Re: Northern Pintail at White Marsh Mall
From: Nikki DeBraccio <nikki.debraccio AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 11:01:07 -0800 (PST)
Thank you Tim!! I dashed over after you posted and saw the bird around 1:00 pm. 
Such a stunning duck. I even saw him on land briefly. :-) 


Pictures:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/nikkirae204/16039307496/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/nikkirae204/16039306606/

Thanks again,
Nikki DeBraccio
Timonium, MD

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Subject: Northern Pintail at White Marsh Mall
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 12:21:09 -0500
Drake in the duck pond behind The Avenue. Very cooperative and allowed for 
great photos. 


Tim Carney, Heidi Trasatti, Ryan Johnson
Baltimore, MD

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Subject: Tufted Duck picture with the bill visible.
From: "Hugh David Fleischmann" <david AT macappraisals.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:00:31 -0500
 

 

I was going through the 200 plus photos I took today of the Tufted Duck,
being seen at Swan Creek Wetlands in Anne Arundel County, MD.  I found 1
picture of the duck with the actual bill viewable.  Here it is.  I hope you
like.  Lifer #209 and #210.  The Canvasbacks were a lifer also.  I call that
the bonus plan!!!  

 

Please feel free to share.  Happy Holidays!!

 

 

 




 

 

H. David Fleischmann

Owings Mills, MD 21117

410-598-9292-mobile

david AT macappraisals.com

 

 

Please visit our website at www.macappraisals.com

 

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Subject: Re: SWAN CREEK IS NOT OPEN ON WEEKENDS (usually)
From: "R. Bruce" <rbrucegrp AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:58:09 -0800 (PST)
On Friday, December 19, 2014 9:17:42 PM UTC-5, Tim Carney wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> 
> The Tufted Duck attracted much more attention than I expected! Apparently 
several folks were unfamiliar with the site and made plans to go tomorrow or 
Sunday -- good thing someone else mentioned the site was closed. This happened 
on Facebook, so I just wanted to put it out here too for the non-Facebook 
users. I would hate for anyone to make the drive out there only to be met with 
a closed gate! Sometimes there are weekend hours when the site is receiving 
dredged material, but that is not happening at this time so the regular M-F 
7:00-3:30 hours are in effect. 

> 
> For what it's worth, the site will be open on Christmas Eve. Not sure if that 
helps anyone. 

> 
> Tim Carney
> Canton, MD

I drove a total of 10 hours from NC today. I am in a motel in MD and was going 
over there in the morning. This is the very first I have heard of this closed 
on weekends thing. 

R. Bruce Richardson
Manns Harbor, NC

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Subject: SWAN CREEK IS NOT OPEN ON WEEKENDS (usually)
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:17:42 -0800 (PST)
Hi everyone,

The Tufted Duck attracted much more attention than I expected! Apparently 
several folks were unfamiliar with the site and made plans to go tomorrow or 
Sunday -- good thing someone else mentioned the site was closed. This happened 
on Facebook, so I just wanted to put it out here too for the non-Facebook 
users. I would hate for anyone to make the drive out there only to be met with 
a closed gate! Sometimes there are weekend hours when the site is receiving 
dredged material, but that is not happening at this time so the regular M-F 
7:00-3:30 hours are in effect. 


For what it's worth, the site will be open on Christmas Eve. Not sure if that 
helps anyone. 


Tim Carney
Canton, MD

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Subject: Swan Creek Tufted Duck Photos Link
From: Adam Parr <balaenopteron AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:01:25 -0800 (PST)
Hi all,

Here is a link to my best, though none of them great, Tufted Duck photos taken 
yesterday morning, 12.18.14. They were phone scoped at 30x, some with 
additional iPhone digital zoom. A few are very cropped, while others are closer 
to the originals. He slept most of the time, but you can see his eye in a few 
shots. Nothing fancy, but I submit them for public use. 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/balaenopteron/sets/72157649845999495/

Adam Parr
Takoma Park

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Subject: Re: Eared Grebes - NOT
From: Adam Parr <balaenopteron AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:48:44 -0800 (PST)
Thanks Joe. I went up to Lake Elkhorn looking for the Red-necked Grebes on the 
17th, but only found the same two Pied-billed you must have. I'm glad you can 
confirm that I wasn't just missing something. 


Adam Parr
Takoma Park

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Subject: Off topic - "Pelican Dreams"
From: Jeffrey Culler <cullerfuls AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:27:35 -0500
If your plans for a Hollywood blockbuster this weekend were upended may I 
suggest, "Pelican Dreams"; a delightful movie by Judy Irving (The Wild Parrots 
of Telegraph Hill). This movie follows rescue efforts of the Brown Pelican in 
California. Currently playing, but like most bird oriented movies, soon to be 
on Netflix or DVD. 

 
Jeff Culler 
Howard County 
 		 	   		  

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Subject: Eared Grebes - NOT
From: Joe Hanfman <auk1844 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:24:48 -0500
I do not recommend anyone chasing the reported Eared Grebes at Lake Elkhorn
and Centennial Lake. We have no way to get in touch with the person
reporting them but the only grebes present at both locations are
Pied-billed Grebes.

There were two Red-necked Grebes at Lake Elkhorn on 12/16. They showed up
at dusk during the storm and were gone before the next morning.
The last Eared Grebe in the county was on 8/28/14 at Lake Elkhorn and not
identified until 10 days later when a photo was submitted. Apparently it
was another one day wonder.


-- 
Joe Hanfman
Columbia, MD

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Subject: yellow-bellied sapsuckers near Violette's Lock, C&O Canal
From: Judith Filner <judithmfilner AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:06:18 -0800 (PST)
Returning from Violette's Lock, today, 12/19 at 3:20 p.m., turned into Seneca 
Community Church Cemetery road, stopped at the beginning of the road. 
Encountered 2 very active yellow-bellied sapsuckers, flying around the area in 
a relatively predictable route - watched them for about 20 minutes 


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Subject: Merlin and Fox Sparrows, Columbia, Howard County, Dec 19
From: Jim Wilkinson <lakekoshare AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:05:27 -0800 (PST)
I found one adult Merlin on top of a large tree near the Woodlands Office Park. 
There were at least six Fox Sparrows along the path nearby. The Merlin may be 
the same one seen at nearby Meadowbrook Park on December 13. Also present were 
two Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, Hermit Thrush, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, and large 
flocks of juncos, robins and waxwings. 


This pathway can be accessed from a parking lot at 9176 Red Branch Road in 
Columbia, north of Route 108 and east of Route 29. The path goes west to Bendix 
Road. A link to my eBird checklist follows: 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20956154

Jim Wilkinson
Columbia, MD

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Subject: Kent Co. Franklin's Gull-Yes
From: Mark Johnson <mj3151 AT outlook.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:50:21 -0500
I watched the Franklin's Gull in the front pond at the Chestertown Wastewater 
Treatment Plant from 10:30 until 11:00 AM this morning (still there when I 
left). The bird spent most of the time foraging on the ground along the far 
north bank at the water's edge, 20-25 ft. to the left of where the black pipe 
reaches the bank. I guess he likes Maryland...been here at least a month now. 

 
Mark Johnson 
Aberdeen
 		 	   		  

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Subject: Re: Re: Annapolis Area Birding
From: Hugh Vandervoort <hughva AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:24:50 -0500
Quiet Waters Park, Truxtun Park, Jonas Green Park, Ellen Moyers Park,
Thomas Point, Sandy Point, Greenbury Point, Possum Point.


Annapolis, MD
My Birding Blog
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On Fri, Dec 19, 2014 at 12:02 PM, Steve Long 
wrote:
>
>  Andy,
>
> Another place near Sandy Point Park is Greenbury Point.  It is
> open-to-the-public, U.S. Naval Acadamy territory across the Severn River
> from the Acadamy.  You will be able to see it for miles because it has
> three tall radio towers on it.  A lot of dense sapplings for small birds.
> I saw a Peregrine on one of the towers last year.  Hardly any beach for
> shore birds, but the Whitehall Bay exposure to the east and some Severn
> exposure to the west may have some diving ducks that you may not see off
> the more exposed beaches at Sandy Point.  These two places are close enough
> that you could try one first and then the other if the first doesn't show
> much to your interests.
>
> Steve Long
>
>
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> *From:* Phil Davis 
> *To:* Andy Gershon 
> *Cc:* MDbirding 
> *Sent:* Friday, December 19, 2014 10:30 AM
> *Subject:* [MDBirding] Re: Annapolis Area Birding
>
> Hi Andy:
>
> Sandy Point State Park is first place that I think of.
>
> Check the Anne Arundel Bird Club's "hotspots" web page for other
> suggestions and more details ...
>
>          http://www.aabirdclub.org/
>
> I'm about to dash out the door for the rest of the day. Rather than slow
> this down, I'll copy our local MD/DC birding group on your message. There
> are lots of Annapolis birders on this list; perhaps someone can offer some
> other up-to-date and/or more specific information.
>
> Hope this helps ...
>
> Good luck.
>
> Phil
>
>
>
> At 09:34 12/19/2014, Andy wrote:
>
> Phil:
>
> I obtained your name and email from a posting on the ABA Maryland list.  I
> am traveling this weekend from NYC to Annapolis for a family gathering.
> With all due respect to my wife and my 40 or so in-laws who will be in
> attendance, I am hoping to excuse myself for 2 or 3 hours of birding
> decompression.  Do you have any recommended stops?  If not do you have a
> contact closer to Annapolis who might?
>
> Thanks,
>
> Andy Gershon
>
>  ==================================
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>                   mailto:PDavis AT ix.netcom.com
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Subject: Tufted Yes and almost on shore
From: Hugh David Fleischmann <david AT macappraisals.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:26:42 -0500
The Tufted duck is sitting beautifully about 10 feet offshore and you could not 
ask for better views! What a cool duck!!! 


H. David Fleischmann
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Subject: Re: Re: Annapolis Area Birding
From: "Steve Long" <steve.long4 AT verizon.net>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:02:50 -0500
Andy,

Another place near Sandy Point Park is Greenbury Point. It is 
open-to-the-public, U.S. Naval Acadamy territory across the Severn River from 
the Acadamy. You will be able to see it for miles because it has three tall 
radio towers on it. A lot of dense sapplings for small birds. I saw a Peregrine 
on one of the towers last year. Hardly any beach for shore birds, but the 
Whitehall Bay exposure to the east and some Severn exposure to the west may 
have some diving ducks that you may not see off the more exposed beaches at 
Sandy Point. These two places are close enough that you could try one first and 
then the other if the first doesn't show much to your interests. 


Steve Long


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  From: Phil Davis 
  To: Andy Gershon 
  Cc: MDbirding 
  Sent: Friday, December 19, 2014 10:30 AM
  Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Annapolis Area Birding


  Hi Andy:

  Sandy Point State Park is first place that I think of.

 Check the Anne Arundel Bird Club's "hotspots" web page for other suggestions 
and more details ... 


           http://www.aabirdclub.org/

 I'm about to dash out the door for the rest of the day. Rather than slow this 
down, I'll copy our local MD/DC birding group on your message. There are lots 
of Annapolis birders on this list; perhaps someone can offer some other 
up-to-date and/or more specific information. 


  Hope this helps ...

  Good luck.

  Phil



  At 09:34 12/19/2014, Andy wrote:

    Phil:

 I obtained your name and email from a posting on the ABA Maryland list. I am 
traveling this weekend from NYC to Annapolis for a family gathering. With all 
due respect to my wife and my 40 or so in-laws who will be in attendance, I am 
hoping to excuse myself for 2 or 3 hours of birding decompression. Do you have 
any recommended stops? If not do you have a contact closer to Annapolis who 
might? 


    Thanks,

    Andy Gershon
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Subject: Re: Re: Annapolis Area Birding
From: Samuel Miller <srmiller2022 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:23:16 -0500
I'm so sorry, I meant to say Andy.

On Friday, December 19, 2014, Samuel Miller  wrote:

> Hello Phil:
>
> I would also suggest Fort Smallwood; it's just a little bit north of Sandy
> Point. Swan Creek Wetlands is also a great spot. Depending on when you plan
> to bird, Swan Creek is only open on weekdays. I hope you find a nice spot
> to bird!
>
> Sam Miller
>
> On Friday, December 19, 2014, Phil Davis  wrote:
>
>>  Hi Andy:
>>
>> Sandy Point State Park is first place that I think of.
>>
>> Check the Anne Arundel Bird Club's "hotspots" web page for other
>> suggestions and more details ...
>>
>>          http://www.aabirdclub.org/
>>
>> I'm about to dash out the door for the rest of the day. Rather than slow
>> this down, I'll copy our local MD/DC birding group on your message. There
>> are lots of Annapolis birders on this list; perhaps someone can offer some
>> other up-to-date and/or more specific information.
>>
>> Hope this helps ...
>>
>> Good luck.
>>
>> Phil
>>
>>
>>
>> At 09:34 12/19/2014, Andy wrote:
>>
>> Phil:
>>
>> I obtained your name and email from a posting on the ABA Maryland list.
>> I am traveling this weekend from NYC to Annapolis for a family gathering.
>> With all due respect to my wife and my 40 or so in-laws who will be in
>> attendance, I am hoping to excuse myself for 2 or 3 hours of birding
>> decompression.  Do you have any recommended stops?  If not do you have a
>> contact closer to Annapolis who might?
>>
>> Thanks,
>>
>> Andy Gershon
>>
>>  ==================================
>> Phil Davis      Davidsonville, Maryland     USA
>>                   mailto:PDavis AT ix.netcom.com
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Subject: Re: Annapolis Area Birding
From: Samuel Miller <srmiller2022 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:21:50 -0500
Hello Phil:

I would also suggest Fort Smallwood; it's just a little bit north of Sandy
Point. Swan Creek Wetlands is also a great spot. Depending on when you plan
to bird, Swan Creek is only open on weekdays. I hope you find a nice spot
to bird!

Sam Miller

On Friday, December 19, 2014, Phil Davis > wrote:

>  Hi Andy:
>
> Sandy Point State Park is first place that I think of.
>
> Check the Anne Arundel Bird Club's "hotspots" web page for other
> suggestions and more details ...
>
>          http://www.aabirdclub.org/
>
> I'm about to dash out the door for the rest of the day. Rather than slow
> this down, I'll copy our local MD/DC birding group on your message. There
> are lots of Annapolis birders on this list; perhaps someone can offer some
> other up-to-date and/or more specific information.
>
> Hope this helps ...
>
> Good luck.
>
> Phil
>
>
>
> At 09:34 12/19/2014, Andy wrote:
>
> Phil:
>
> I obtained your name and email from a posting on the ABA Maryland list.  I
> am traveling this weekend from NYC to Annapolis for a family gathering.
> With all due respect to my wife and my 40 or so in-laws who will be in
> attendance, I am hoping to excuse myself for 2 or 3 hours of birding
> decompression.  Do you have any recommended stops?  If not do you have a
> contact closer to Annapolis who might?
>
> Thanks,
>
> Andy Gershon
>
>  ==================================
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>                   mailto:PDavis AT ix.netcom.com
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Subject: Re: Annapolis Area Birding
From: Phil Davis <pdavis AT ix.netcom.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:30:48 -0500
Hi Andy:

Sandy Point State Park is first place that I think of.

Check the Anne Arundel Bird Club's "hotspots" web page for other 
suggestions and more details ...

         http://www.aabirdclub.org/

I'm about to dash out the door for the rest of the day. Rather than 
slow this down, I'll copy our local MD/DC birding group on your 
message. There are lots of Annapolis birders on this list; perhaps 
someone can offer some other up-to-date and/or more specific information.

Hope this helps ...

Good luck.

Phil



At 09:34 12/19/2014, Andy wrote:
>Phil:
>
>I obtained your name and email from a posting on the ABA Maryland 
>list.  I am traveling this weekend from NYC to Annapolis for a 
>family gathering.  With all due respect to my wife and my 40 or so 
>in-laws who will be in attendance, I am hoping to excuse myself for 
>2 or 3 hours of birding decompression.  Do you have any recommended 
>stops?  If not do you have a contact closer to Annapolis who might?
>
>Thanks,
>
>Andy Gershon

==================================
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                 mailto:PDavis AT ix.netcom.com
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Subject: Preliminary results Seneca Chirstmas Bird Count, 12/14/14
From: "Jim Nelson" <kingfishers2 AT verizon.net>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:34:45 -0500
The Seneca Christmas Bird Count (CBC) was held on Sunday, December 14, 2014, 
the first day of the CBC season. I hope this preliminary report on our count 
will encourage folks to sign up for other CBCs that will be happening until 
January 5. 


The Seneca CBC started in the mid 1950s, and we have seen lots of changes 
inside the count circle, which is centered at Violette’s Lock on the C&O 
Canal in Montgomery County. About 60% of the count circle is in Montgomery 
County, and the other 40% is across the Potomac in portions of Fairfax and 
Loudoun Counties in Virginia. We divide the circle into 16 sectors, and the 
sector leaders coordinate the count in their respective sectors. 


Based on the information I have received so far, we have at least 93 species 
officially counted on the count day. I’m hoping we get one or two more when I 
receive several sector reports still outstanding. 


This total is in keeping with recent years. The 93 include Cackling Goose, a 
species we had not previously tallied for the Seneca CBC since the species was 
split from Canada Goose. Other good birds are Peregrine Falcon (very rare on 
this count), Merlin (starting to show up with 1 or 2 each year in the last few 
counts), Horned Grebe (one or two present about every other year on average), 
and Red-breasted Merganser (tallied only twice in the last 20 counts). 


We also have some interesting “count week” birds. The “count week” 
begins three days before and ends three days after the count day. Birds seen in 
the count circle during the count week, but not officially counted on the count 
day, are not tallied for the official count, but are reported as “count 
week” species. Our top count week species is a male Summer Tanager that 
visited a feeder in Potomac, Maryland, in Sector 11, well past when it should 
have headed south. This bird first appeared at the feeder on Friday and was 
seen again on Saturday, and well documented. We all had fingers crossed that it 
would reappear on Sunday for the official count, but it was a no-show. Even as 
a count week bird, the tanager is great and will be a first for the Seneca CBC 
since it began. 


Another great count week bird was reported by an expert birder, who was not 
participating in the official count, at Violette’s Lock on count day. He saw 
and photographed an Iceland Gull flying over the Potomac. Unless one of the 
missing sectors reports having seen this bird, it will go down as a count week 
species because it was not identified by someone officially doing the count. 
This would also be a first-ever species for the Seneca CBC. 


Thanks to our sector leaders and the many count participants in Virginia and 
Maryland, both veterans who have been doing it for many years and the many 
first-timers who helped us this year, the Seneca CBC got the CBC season off to 
a great start. 


Good luck to folks on CBCs yet to come!

Jim Nelson
Seneca CBC Compiler
Bethesda, Maryland
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Subject: Preliminary results Seneca Chirstmas Bird Count,12/14/14
From: "Jim Nelson" <kingfishers2 AT verizon.net>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:34:45 -0500
The Seneca Christmas Bird Count (CBC) was held on Sunday, December 14, 2014, 
the first day of the CBC season. I hope this preliminary report on our count 
will encourage folks to sign up for other CBCs that will be happening until 
January 5. 


The Seneca CBC started in the mid 1950s, and we have seen lots of changes 
inside the count circle, which is centered at Violette’s Lock on the C&O 
Canal in Montgomery County. About 60% of the count circle is in Montgomery 
County, and the other 40% is across the Potomac in portions of Fairfax and 
Loudoun Counties in Virginia. We divide the circle into 16 sectors, and the 
sector leaders coordinate the count in their respective sectors. 


Based on the information I have received so far, we have at least 93 species 
officially counted on the count day. I’m hoping we get one or two more when I 
receive several sector reports still outstanding. 


This total is in keeping with recent years. The 93 include Cackling Goose, a 
species we had not previously tallied for the Seneca CBC since the species was 
split from Canada Goose. Other good birds are Peregrine Falcon (very rare on 
this count), Merlin (starting to show up with 1 or 2 each year in the last few 
counts), Horned Grebe (one or two present about every other year on average), 
and Red-breasted Merganser (tallied only twice in the last 20 counts). 


We also have some interesting “count week” birds. The “count week” 
begins three days before and ends three days after the count day. Birds seen in 
the count circle during the count week, but not officially counted on the count 
day, are not tallied for the official count, but are reported as “count 
week” species. Our top count week species is a male Summer Tanager that 
visited a feeder in Potomac, Maryland, in Sector 11, well past when it should 
have headed south. This bird first appeared at the feeder on Friday and was 
seen again on Saturday, and well documented. We all had fingers crossed that it 
would reappear on Sunday for the official count, but it was a no-show. Even as 
a count week bird, the tanager is great and will be a first for the Seneca CBC 
since it began. 


Another great count week bird was reported by an expert birder, who was not 
participating in the official count, at Violette’s Lock on count day. He saw 
and photographed an Iceland Gull flying over the Potomac. Unless one of the 
missing sectors reports having seen this bird, it will go down as a count week 
species because it was not identified by someone officially doing the count. 
This would also be a first-ever species for the Seneca CBC. 


Thanks to our sector leaders and the many count participants in Virginia and 
Maryland, both veterans who have been doing it for many years and the many 
first-timers who helped us this year, the Seneca CBC got the CBC season off to 
a great start. 


Good luck to folks on CBCs yet to come!

Jim Nelson
Seneca CBC Compiler
Bethesda, Maryland

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Subject: Tufted Duck - yes!
From: "birdingcouple via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:19:39 +0000
The Tufted Duck at Swan Creek, AA County, was refound about 8am, drifting at 
the back of the huge raft of ducks. We had good looks, thanks to still winds 
and not too much sun glare. 


Other observers included Kathy Calvert, Dave Powell and Marcia Balestri.

Good Birding and Happy Holidays!
Warren Strobel
Annapolis, Md

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Subject: Re: Short-Eared Owl Gerst Road- No
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:01:26 -0800 (PST)
We tried again this evening (12/18) and did not find the Short-eared Owl. I 
wonder if the wind had anything to do with it. It was not windy at all on 
Sunday or Monday when the bird was last seen. 


Tim Carney
Canton, MD

On Wednesday, December 17, 2014 8:44:39 PM UTC-5, Dave Littlepage wrote:
> So I've tried (to no avail) the last two nights for the Short-Eared Owl on 
Gerst Road that was found this past Sunday by Ryan Johnson. I hope this bird 
hasn't moved on. 

> But on the bright side I did get to catch up to a few of my birding friends 
that I haven't seen since Spring at Susquehanna like Brad Phoebus,also Ryan 
Johnson and Tim Houghton and finally met some birders whose posts I read for a 
long time like Barry Marsh and Kathy Calvert. 

> It was a pleasure dodging goats and traffic with everyone even if we didn't 
get the SEOW this evening. 

> 
> Dave Littlepage
> Abingdon, MD

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Subject: Tufted Duck-- Yes
From: "Peter Lev" <plev AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:37:08 -0500
The Tufted Duck at Swan Creek was still present and preening at 2:15 pm.  It
took a while, but 6 birders got good looks.

 

Peter Lev

Baltimore, MD

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Subject: JBWS Winter Waterbird Survey Dec 18
From: Karen Caruso <karen.caruso AT verizon.net>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:40:43 -0800 (PST)
Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, Anne Arundel, US-MD
Dec 18, 2014 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.5 mile(s)
Comments:     Winter Waterbird Survey
31 species

Canada Goose  839
Tundra Swan  24
American Black Duck  294     
Mallard  70
Northern Pintail  82     
Green-winged Teal  45
Common Merganser  21     
Double-crested Cormorant  4
Great Blue Heron  4
Bald Eagle  7
Ring-billed Gull  121
Herring Gull  16
Great Black-backed Gull  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  1
Fish Crow  1
Carolina Chickadee  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Carolina Wren  2
American Robin  1
Eastern Towhee  2
Fox Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  1
Red-winged Blackbird  40
Rusty Blackbird  36     
Purple Finch  1

Next survey: Jan 8, 2015

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Subject: Re: MD/DCRC Couch's Kingbird documentation coordination [MD/2014-100]
From: Phil Davis <pdavis AT ix.netcom.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:53:48 -0500
Arrg ... the columns were all aligned when they left here. I'll try 
to figure out a better way to present this in the future. Like 
posting this someplace and just providing a link. Sorry.

Phil

At 14:47 12/18/2014, Phil Davis wrote:
>MDBirders:
>
>This is another in our series of messages to verify and coordinate 
>the status of documentation for the MD/DC Records Committee in 
>preparation for our review and archive processes.

===================================================
Phil Davis, Secretary
MD/DC Records Committee
2549 Vale Court
Davidsonville, Maryland  21035     USA
301-261-0184
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MD/DCRC Web site:  http://www.MDBirds.org/mddcrc/rcindex.html
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Subject: MD/DCRC Couch's Kingbird documentation coordination [MD/2014-100]
From: Phil Davis <pdavis AT ix.netcom.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:47:44 -0500
MDBirders:

This is another in our series of messages to verify and coordinate 
the status of documentation for the MD/DC Records Committee in 
preparation for our review and archive processes.

As we indicated earlier, we will no longer snail mail Acknowledgement 
Forms to observers. This general posting will replace individual mailings.

Also, as we indicated, we will now assume that we have your 
permission to use your publicly-posted documentation (e. g. MDBirding 
messages, eBird checklists, photo gallery web sites, etc.) for our 
internal review and to place your captured documentation in our 
committee archives. Note: no photos will ever be published or 
re-posted publicly without the photographer's specific permission.

Observer information is captured in our database for those who 
provide direct submissions to the committee and those who publicly 
post A/V documentation. Descriptive text and status notes are also 
captured; however, while very relevant, those observers are not 
individually captured in our database or acknowledged (just due to 
the bandwidth that would be needed to keep up with this).

If you are listed below as an "Additional Observer" and would like to 
change to an "Observer of Record" please contact me, off-line, and 
provide your contact information for the record. This just allows us 
to contact you, if needed, and provides you with record credit. You 
only need to do this once, then I will have you captured in our 
observer database.

This documentation canvass represents documentation collected 
primarily from MDBirding messages, including daily eBird alerts, that 
I collected in "real-time" while the bird was present. I am not 
soliciting additional documentation (years ago, I would never have 
said that!), unless you have something unique that would aid the 
review process.

Thanks for your support.

Phil


===================================================================================== 

Accession Number:       MD/2014-100
Species:                        Couch's Kingbird (Tyrannus couchii)
Age/Sex/#/etc.:         One bird.
Location:                       MD/ALGY/Flintstone.
Near intersection of Mason Road NE and Old Mt. Pleasant Road NE. 
Originally at the Mason Road pond, later near the Old Mt. Pleasant Road bridge
Date(s):                        11/11/2014 - 11/24/2014

Review Code:            MD 0 - [New for Maryland]
Status:                 Ready

Documentation:
First report for MD. Approximately 146 digital images. Four audio 
recordings of vocalizations. Last sighting date by multiple observers.

Observer Type/Observer and A/V Documentation Description [F=Finder]:
Observer of Record      F       Calvert_K               (Kathy)
Observer of 
Record      F       Welsh_M         (Michael)               * 
Twelve digital web images
Observer of 
Record              Anthony_M               (Matthew)               * 
       Three digital web images
Observer of 
Record              Churchill_JB    (J.B.)          *       Five 
digital web images
Observer of Record              Czaplak_DS              (David 
S.)              *       Eight digital web images
Observer of Record              Davis_PC                (Phillip 
C.)    *       Four digital images
Observer of 
Record              Fisher_Jared    (Jared)         *       Four 
digital web images
Observer of Record              Flanders_EE             (Elisa 
Enders)  *       Two digital web images
Observer of Record              Flanders_EE             (Elisa 
Enders)  #       One mp3 digital audio clip (54 secs)
Observer of Record              Flanders_NP             (Nicholas 
Pearce)       *       Two digital web images
Observer of 
Record              Haas_D          (Dan)                   * 
Eighteen digital web images
Observer of 
Record              Hafner_M                (Matthew)               * 
       Two digital web images
Observer of 
Record              Hanfman_Jo              (Joe)                   * 
       Two digital images
Observer of 
Record              Hillsley_R              (Russ)          * 
Two digital web images
Observer of 
Record              Hubick_B                (Bill)          * 
Three digital web images
Observer of Record              Jenkins_K               (Kye 
T.)                *       One digital web image
Observer of Record              Jett_GM         (George 
M.)             *       Two digital images
Observer of Record              Johnson_MR              (Mark 
R.)               *       Two digital web images
Observer of 
Record              Lutmerding_M    (Mikey)         * 
Twenty-one digital web images
Observer of 
Record              Lutmerding_M    (Mikey)         #       Two .wav 
audio clip (29 secs and 1 sec) and sonograms
Observer of Record              Magnusson_NC    (Nancy 
C.)              *       Four digital web images
Observer of 
Record              Martin_J                (Joel)          * 
Nine digital web images
Observer of 
Record              Patterson_H             (Howard)                * 
       One digital web image
Observer of Record              Rositol_M               (Mark 
A.)               *       Two digital web images
Observer of 
Record              Ruffing_R               (Russ)          # 
One .m4a audio clip (20 secs) of kip notes.
Observer of Record              Schwarz_KR              (Kurt 
R.)               *       One digital web image
Observer of 
Record              Shaffer_F               (Fred)          * 
Five digital images
Observer of 
Record              Shenot_J                (Jeffrey)               * 
       Three digital web images
Observer of 
Record              Small_D         (Dan)                   * 
Two digital web images
Observer of 
Record              Starr_L         (Leslie)                * 
Two digital web images
Observer of Record              Stasz_JL                (James 
L.)              *       One digital web image

Additional 
Observer             Adlinger_K 
*       Two digital web images
Additional 
Observer             Atanasio_B 
*       One digital web image
Additional 
Observer             DeBraccio_N 
*       One digital web image
Additional 
Observer             Derr_J                                  * 
One digital web image
Additional 
Observer             Parker_C 
*       One digital web image
Additional 
Observer             Parks_L                                 * 
One digital web image
Additional 
Observer             Parr_A                                  * 
Three digital web images
Additional 
Observer             Place_A                                 * 
Three digital web images
Additional 
Observer             Rosengarten_M                           * 
One digital web image
Additional 
Observer             Slaven_M 
*       Three digital web images
Additional Observer             et al.


Observer/Documentation Legend:
F  = Finder
*  = Photograph/image
#  = audio clip




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

MD/DCRC Web site:  http://www.MDBirds.org/mddcrc/rcindex.html
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Subject: Franklin's Gull, Chestertown WWTP Kent County
From: "'jlstasz AT aol.com' via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding@googlegroups.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:35:20 -0500
In view from John Hanson Road at north side of pond on black plastic pipe that 
crosses the pond. 


Jim

Jim Stasz
North Beach Md
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-------- Original message --------
From: Tim Carney  
Date: 12/18/2014  7:09 AM  (GMT-05:00) 
To: mdbirding AT googlegroups.com 
Subject: [MDBirding] Poplar Island 12/16/2014 
 
I conducted a census on Monday and am just now getting around to posting the 
counts. There were a LOT of ducks. I had assistance from another employee 
counting the ducks, and we estimated 21,000 just in Cell 6. Detailed 
explanations on count methods are in my eBird list. I was surprised how many 
Redheads were mixed in the raft among the more expected scaup, Ruddies, 
Canvasbacks, etc. 


The highlight, for me, was finding SIX Nelson's Sparrows in the Spartina 
grasses. Five were clustered together in Cell 1A and I found a sixth bird in 
Cell 1B. There is also a notable presence of juvenile White-crowned Sparrows. 


Offshore waterfowl is trickling in, with Common Goldeneye and Long-tailed Duck 
among the highlights (I did not see either on my previous census in late 
November). There was also a large showing of Northern Pintail in the wetland 
cells. 


Fish & Wildlife was on-site conducting other field work and reported 15 (!) 
Short-eared Owls, 2 American Bitterns, and 5 Black-crowned Night-Herons. We did 
not see ANY on our census given how large the island is and how many places 
there are for these species to hide. 


eBird List: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20942820

Tim Carney
Canton, MD

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Subject: Re: Tufted Duck - Swan Creek
From: Adam Parr <balaenopteron AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 08:56:10 -0800 (PST)
Still present, sleeping, and giving good looks to many at 12 noon.  

Adam Parr
Takoma Park 

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Subject: Fw: {Maryland Master Naturalist} Looking for Miner Bee Nests
From: "Jim Wilson" <wlsngang AT verizon.net>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:28:58 -0500
I am cross-posting this request from the Maryland Master Naturalist group. 
Please delete before reading if you are not interested. 

Jim Wilson
Queenstown

ps:  A juvenile Baltimore Oriole continues to come to my feeders.


From: lkuder AT rocketmail.com 
Sent: Wednesday, December 17, 2014 8:07 PM
To: maryland-master-naturalist AT googlegroups.com 
Subject: {Maryland Master Naturalist} Looking for Miner Bee Nests

Hello All,

I am trying to locate nesting sites for two species of miner bees, Anthophora 
plumipes and Anthophora abrupta, for a biology study being conducted by UMD’s 
Entomology Dept. Nesting habitat includes dry clay slopes, upturned tree stumps 
and walls of adobe structures. While each female builds her own nests, both 
species tend to form aggregations. A. abrupta are known for adding 
chimneys/turrets to their homes. If you happen to know of any sites that fit 
this description, I’d be much obliged if you could provide GPS coordinates or 
an address. Attached is a flier that includes more details and pictures. Please 
feel free to hang the poster at local nature centers. 


 

Thank you!

Lisa Kuder

Graduate Student

Department of Entomology

University of Maryland

4112 Plant Science Building

College Park, MD 20742

Email: lkuder AT umd.edu

 

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Subject: Re: Audubon variety of yellow-rumped warbler
From: "'jlstasz AT aol.com' via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding@googlegroups.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:05:22 -0500
All,

I think some of the yellow is from the lighting and exposure. The yellowish 
belly, undertail coverts and throat are artifacts and not true feather color. 


Jim

Jim Stasz
North Beach MD
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From: David Mozurkewich  
Date: 12/18/2014  6:11 AM  (GMT-05:00) 
To:  
Cc: MDBirds  
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Audubon variety of yellow-rumped warbler 
 

Hugh,

Thanks for the analysis; drab fall warblers can present an ID challenge
and we can all benefit from looking more closely at them.  I'd like to
see more discussion of ID challenges on this forum.

Let me point out two other features on this bird.  To my eye, the
streaking on its underparts is fine and uniformly covers the
underparts.  Also, the yellow is not restricted to the birds flanks
but is strongest toward the center of the belly.  Both of these are
inconsistent with Audubon's Warbler but they are also bad for Myrtle.
So is this just a really-odd Myrtle or something else?

Both of these features, as well as the ones you emphasize are
more-or-less consistent with a Cape-May Warbler.  So how do you
eliminate Cape-May as the contender for the identification?

Dave
David Mozurkewich


On Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:08:44 -0500
Hugh McGuinness  wrote:

> Hi Scott,
> 
> Your warbler is a Myrtle Warbler and not an Audubon's Warbler, which
> would be quite a rarity in MD. First the yellow on the throat is not
> extensive or bright enough for Audubon's and the white wraps dorsally
> under the auricular. Even if the throat were bright yellow, this mark
> alone would kill the ID of Audubons. You can also see traces of the
> incipient black face mask, another mark that eliminates Audubon's.
> The throat coloration in your bird is indeed unusual, but that
> doesn't make it an Audubon's. I hope this helps.
> 
> Hugh
> 
> 
> 
> On Wed, Dec 17, 2014 at 8:35 PM, Scott Young  wrote:
> >
> > I did a brief walk through Blue Marsh Nature Trail today. Rather
> > quiet with a number of northern flickers; a pileated and downy
> > woodpecker; and white-throated, fox and swamp sparrows (didn't see
> > a tree sparrow that I went to find). The highlight, if correct, was
> > a photo of an Audubon variety of the yellow-rumped warbler. What do
> > you think: https://www.flickr.com/photos/wsyacy/16045069602/
> >
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Subject: Old Hanover Rd Flickers
From: "Guineabird via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:15:07 -0500
Have a pair of Northern Flickers at feeders and suet for  last 2 days.
Saw moustache on one
Haven't been able to get a good look at the other.
 
Gail  Frantz
Old Hanover Rd
Baltimore  County
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Subject: Re: Tufted Duck - Swan Creek
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 06:19:12 -0800 (PST)
Getting many texts that the Tufted Duck is still being seen as of 9:00.

Full list from yesterday: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20943115

Finally, I wrote that my Poplar census was on Monday. It was on Tuesday. My 
days are blurring together. 


Tim Carney
Canton, MD

On Thursday, December 18, 2014 7:42:57 AM UTC-5, Kevin Graff wrote:
> ‎Still there with huge rafts of scaup and canvasback. Seen by all 6 birders 
at loc. - Kevin Graff 

> 
> 
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Subject: Red-breasted Mergansers
From: George Jett <gmjett AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 08:09:03 -0500
Folks

Nice treat swimming down Lyons Creek in AM. Three Red-breasted mergansers 
swimming toward the Patuxant River. 


Other birds of note the last 15 minutes were:

2 Bald eagles - fly by
Calling Eastern Phobe
Female Rusty blackbird.  She came in w/ the red-wing flock.

Nice spot.  Glad Geen found jt.

George

P. s .   Note new email address.

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Subject: Lincoln Monument birds, 12/17
From: Jim Felley <jdfelley AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 04:57:27 -0800 (PST)
Yesterday at lunch I was able to get out for the first time in a long time.
 There were at least two Redtailed hawks about, an adult soaring above the 
National Museum of American History, and an immature at Constitution Gardens. 
Another by the FDR Memorial may have been either of these, or a third. 

 All the other highlights were the ducks at Constitution Gardens. A male 
Northern Shoveller, a female Gadwall, many Ring-necked ducks, a few Buffleheads 
were among the coots, mallards and Canada geese. 

   And today it's back to work!

Jim

Jim Felley
Gaithersburg, MD

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Subject: Tufted Duck - Swan Creek
From: keyweststyle2001 AT gmail.com
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 07:43:03 -0500




Subject: Poplar Island 12/16/2014
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 04:09:48 -0800 (PST)
I conducted a census on Monday and am just now getting around to posting the 
counts. There were a LOT of ducks. I had assistance from another employee 
counting the ducks, and we estimated 21,000 just in Cell 6. Detailed 
explanations on count methods are in my eBird list. I was surprised how many 
Redheads were mixed in the raft among the more expected scaup, Ruddies, 
Canvasbacks, etc. 


The highlight, for me, was finding SIX Nelson's Sparrows in the Spartina 
grasses. Five were clustered together in Cell 1A and I found a sixth bird in 
Cell 1B. There is also a notable presence of juvenile White-crowned Sparrows. 


Offshore waterfowl is trickling in, with Common Goldeneye and Long-tailed Duck 
among the highlights (I did not see either on my previous census in late 
November). There was also a large showing of Northern Pintail in the wetland 
cells. 


Fish & Wildlife was on-site conducting other field work and reported 15 (!) 
Short-eared Owls, 2 American Bitterns, and 5 Black-crowned Night-Herons. We did 
not see ANY on our census given how large the island is and how many places 
there are for these species to hide. 


eBird List: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20942820

Tim Carney
Canton, MD

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Subject: Re: POSSIBLE TUFTED DUCK
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 03:51:24 -0800 (PST)
Yet another post on this bird, but I know a lot of people will be going.

I would NOT recommend going this morning. The ducks tend to congregate in the 
middle of the cell, where they are not only distant, but also backlit. You will 
be looking directly into the sun until about noon. They seem to congregate on 
the close shore after noon, where they are also in MUCH better lighting. 


There is active work on the south cell. The birds may flush back and forth. I 
would also try to stay on the back deck as much as possible since the guys will 
be driving around the cells with heavy equipment. 


There are upwards of 4,000 ducks in the cells. Most of them are scaup, Ruddies, 
and Canvasbacks. 


So basically, there are a lot of factors which could make this a somewhat 
frustrating experience. Be patient and good luck! The site is open until 3:30. 


Tim Carney
Canton, MD

On Wednesday, December 17, 2014 5:10:12 PM UTC-5, Tim Carney wrote:
> Hey everyone,
> 
> This bird was confirmed as a Tufted Duck by several top observers in 
Maryland. It was in the large (3,200+) raft of ducks in the south cell at Swan 
Creek. Three other observers were able to view it this afternoon. If anyone 
tries tomorrow, be patient -- there are a lot of ducks out there to sort 
through. 

> 
> Other goodies included a Long-tailed Duck and two Redheads in the waterfowl 
raft, and the birds Dan mentioned above (which were all in the wetlands). 

> 
> I'll post a full list later. Dan, I hope you get a nice birthday present 
tomorrow in the form of vagrant waterfowl :) 

> 
> Tim Carney
> Canton, MD

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Subject: Re: Audubon variety of yellow-rumped warbler
From: David Mozurkewich <mozurk AT bellAtlantic.net>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 06:11:25 -0500
Hugh,

Thanks for the analysis; drab fall warblers can present an ID challenge
and we can all benefit from looking more closely at them.  I'd like to
see more discussion of ID challenges on this forum.

Let me point out two other features on this bird.  To my eye, the
streaking on its underparts is fine and uniformly covers the
underparts.  Also, the yellow is not restricted to the birds flanks
but is strongest toward the center of the belly.  Both of these are
inconsistent with Audubon's Warbler but they are also bad for Myrtle.
So is this just a really-odd Myrtle or something else?

Both of these features, as well as the ones you emphasize are
more-or-less consistent with a Cape-May Warbler.  So how do you
eliminate Cape-May as the contender for the identification?

Dave
David Mozurkewich


On Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:08:44 -0500
Hugh McGuinness  wrote:

> Hi Scott,
> 
> Your warbler is a Myrtle Warbler and not an Audubon's Warbler, which
> would be quite a rarity in MD. First the yellow on the throat is not
> extensive or bright enough for Audubon's and the white wraps dorsally
> under the auricular. Even if the throat were bright yellow, this mark
> alone would kill the ID of Audubons. You can also see traces of the
> incipient black face mask, another mark that eliminates Audubon's.
> The throat coloration in your bird is indeed unusual, but that
> doesn't make it an Audubon's. I hope this helps.
> 
> Hugh
> 
> 
> 
> On Wed, Dec 17, 2014 at 8:35 PM, Scott Young  wrote:
> >
> > I did a brief walk through Blue Marsh Nature Trail today. Rather
> > quiet with a number of northern flickers; a pileated and downy
> > woodpecker; and white-throated, fox and swamp sparrows (didn't see
> > a tree sparrow that I went to find). The highlight, if correct, was
> > a photo of an Audubon variety of the yellow-rumped warbler. What do
> > you think: https://www.flickr.com/photos/wsyacy/16045069602/
> >
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Subject: Re: Audubon variety of yellow-rumped warbler
From: Scott Young <wsyacy AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:12:36 -0800 (PST)
Thanks Hugh. How about a hybrid to get the yellow throat? 

Scott

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Subject: Re: Audubon variety of yellow-rumped warbler
From: Hugh McGuinness <hdmcguinness AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:08:44 -0500
Hi Scott,

Your warbler is a Myrtle Warbler and not an Audubon's Warbler, which would
be quite a rarity in MD. First the yellow on the throat is not extensive or
bright enough for Audubon's and the white wraps dorsally under the
auricular. Even if the throat were bright yellow, this mark alone would
kill the ID of Audubons. You can also see traces of the incipient black
face mask, another mark that eliminates Audubon's. The throat coloration in
your bird is indeed unusual, but that doesn't make it an Audubon's. I hope
this helps.

Hugh



On Wed, Dec 17, 2014 at 8:35 PM, Scott Young  wrote:
>
> I did a brief walk through Blue Marsh Nature Trail today. Rather quiet
> with a number of northern flickers; a pileated and downy woodpecker; and
> white-throated, fox and swamp sparrows (didn't see a tree sparrow that I
> went to find). The highlight, if correct, was a photo of an Audubon variety
> of the yellow-rumped warbler. What do you think:
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/wsyacy/16045069602/
>
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Subject: Audubon variety of yellow-rumped warbler
From: Scott Young <wsyacy AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:35:25 -0800 (PST)
I did a brief walk through Blue Marsh Nature Trail today. Rather quiet with a 
number of northern flickers; a pileated and downy woodpecker; and 
white-throated, fox and swamp sparrows (didn't see a tree sparrow that I went 
to find). The highlight, if correct, was a photo of an Audubon variety of the 
yellow-rumped warbler. What do you think: 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/wsyacy/16045069602/ 


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Subject: Short-Eared Owl Gerst Road- No
From: Dave Littlepage <d.littlepage AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:44:39 -0800 (PST)
So I've tried (to no avail) the last two nights for the Short-Eared Owl on 
Gerst Road that was found this past Sunday by Ryan Johnson. I hope this bird 
hasn't moved on. 

But on the bright side I did get to catch up to a few of my birding friends 
that I haven't seen since Spring at Susquehanna like Brad Phoebus,also Ryan 
Johnson and Tim Houghton and finally met some birders whose posts I read for a 
long time like Barry Marsh and Kathy Calvert. 

It was a pleasure dodging goats and traffic with everyone even if we didn't get 
the SEOW this evening. 


Dave Littlepage
Abingdon, MD 

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Subject: Re: POSSIBLE TUFTED DUCK
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:10:12 -0800 (PST)
Hey everyone,

This bird was confirmed as a Tufted Duck by several top observers in Maryland. 
It was in the large (3,200+) raft of ducks in the south cell at Swan Creek. 
Three other observers were able to view it this afternoon. If anyone tries 
tomorrow, be patient -- there are a lot of ducks out there to sort through. 


Other goodies included a Long-tailed Duck and two Redheads in the waterfowl 
raft, and the birds Dan mentioned above (which were all in the wetlands). 


I'll post a full list later. Dan, I hope you get a nice birthday present 
tomorrow in the form of vagrant waterfowl :) 


Tim Carney
Canton, MD

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Subject: COMMON RAVENS Darnestown Mont. Co.
From: Don Simonson <simonson AT verizon.net>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:36:53 -0800 (PST)
At noon on December 15, I saw two large corvids flying slightly above treetop 
level from the south across my front yard, located 2 miles from Seneca on the 
Potomac River . Their size caught my eye, then One flared its tail as it 
turned, showing an obvious wedge-shaped tail. a few seconds later it gave a 
long rolling "croooooak", repeated several times over the next 60 seconds as 
the pair flew northeast. One or more of the birds gave the "gong" call also. 
This is only the second record in my yard, the previous was Sept 21, 2012. 

Good birding! 
Don Simonson, Darnestown, MD

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Subject: Swan Harbor GWFG is Back
From: Kurt Schwarz <krschwa1 AT verizon.net>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:12:14 -0500
Josh Emm informed me a short while ago the Greater White-fronted is back at
Swan Harbor, grazing in the grass, on right side as you enter.

Kurt Schwarz
Ellicott City, Howard
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Subject: Re: POSSIBLE TUFTED DUCK
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:38:27 -0800 (PST)
Photos are at https://www.flickr.com/photos/tlc_enigma/

Not ruling out hybrid yet. Sorry if it's a false alarm!

Tim Carney
Canton, MD

On Wednesday, December 17, 2014 2:17:05 PM UTC-5, Dan Haas wrote:
> Good afternoon,There is a probable TUFTED DUCK at Swan Creek in Anne Arundel 
County, currently in the South Cell. Tim Carney got some photos. The duck has 
a dark black back, with clean, white flanks... but according to Tim (who I 
spoke with on the phone), the bird's tuft is smaller than what one might 
expect. Bird might be a hybrid??They're open until 3:30pm today. Good 
luck!Other good birds found at the site today: VIRGINIA RAIL, MARSH WREN, four 
AMERICAN TREE SPARROW, and two COMMON YELLOWTHROATGood Birding,  Dan Haas 
(*messenger)St. Margaret's, MDNote: tomorrow is my birthday, and 
coincidentally, I asked for a county bird. Hope my wish comes true. ;-) 


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Subject: POSSIBLE TUFTED DUCK
From: Dan Haas <nervousbirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:17:02 -0500
Good afternoon,

There is a probable TUFTED DUCK at Swan Creek in Anne Arundel County,
currently in the South Cell. Tim Carney  got
some photos. The duck has a dark black back, with clean, white flanks...
but according to Tim (who I spoke with on the phone), the bird's tuft is
smaller than what one might expect. Bird might be a hybrid??

They're open until 3:30pm today. Good luck!

Other good birds found at the site today: VIRGINIA RAIL, MARSH WREN, four
AMERICAN TREE SPARROW, and two COMMON YELLOWTHROAT


Good Birding,

Dan Haas (*messenger)

St. Margaret's, MD


Note: tomorrow is my birthday, and coincidentally, I asked for a county
bird. Hope my wish comes true. ;-)

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Subject: Iceland Gull at Schoolhouse Pond
From: Fred Shaffer <glaucousgull AT verizon.net>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:58:21 +0000 (UTC)
My lunchtime walk around Schoolhouse Pond today was highlighted by a 1st winter 
Iceland Gull.  The bird was preening on the water and later standing on a log 
at the rear of the pond.  I got some distant photos of the bird on the water 
and perched on the log.  The Iceland Gull was very pale overall and I was 
interested to note that it had a dull pinkish/yellow wash/tone to the base of 
the bill.  Typically 1st winter Iceland Gulls that I see this time of year 
have all black bills.  Still it was a great bird to view during  my walk and 
it was still present when I left.  Other gulls included 334 Ring-billed and 49 
Herring Gulls.  Good birding, Fred ShafferGlaucousGull AT verizon.net 

Crofton, Anne Arundel

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Subject: Re: Tripod Travel
From: DJ <dj.manalo AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 09:41:40 -0800 (PST)
I love my Benro Travel Angel II w/built-in ball head, which collapses/folds to 
15.8". It should fit into most carry-on luggages. 


You can check it out at Amazon in either aluminum ($$230)) or carbon fiber 
($$$$450). I have the latter, since I tend to hike and kayak a lot, when weight 
matters 


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Subject: RE: Washington Co. Red-necked Grebe
From: Jim Green <jkgbirdman53 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 08:15:45 -0800
Also just had 3 American Tree Sparrows on road to picnic area behind Fort
Frederick inside state park.

Jim Green
Gaithersburg MD

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To: mdbirding AT googlegroups.com
Subject: Washington Co. Red-necked Grebe

Currently one at Big Pool. Waterfowl include Black Ducks, N. Pintail and
both Hooded and Common Mergansers.

Jim Green
Gaithersburg MD

work in moderation, BIRD IN EXCESS !!!

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Subject: RE: Washington Co. Red-necked Grebe
From: Jim Green <jkgbirdman53 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 08:13:29 -0800
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From: Jim Green 
Sent: ‎12/‎17/‎2014 10:48 AM
To: mdbirding AT googlegroups.com
Subject: Washington Co. Red-necked Grebe

Currently one at Big Pool. Waterfowl include Black Ducks, N. Pintail and
both Hooded and Common Mergansers.

Jim Green
Gaithersburg MD

work in moderation, BIRD IN EXCESS !!!

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Subject: Washington Co. Red-necked Grebe
From: Jim Green <jkgbirdman53 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 10:47:44 -0500
Currently one at Big Pool. Waterfowl include Black Ducks, N. Pintail and
both Hooded and Common Mergansers.

Jim Green
Gaithersburg MD

work in moderation, BIRD IN EXCESS !!!

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Subject: Re: Hybrid Goose at Little Pool
From: Bob Ringler <ringler.bob AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 10:30:21 -0500
Daniel,
   From the photos it appears that the hybrid is at least as large or
larger than the Canada Goose. A more likely hybrid is that it is a Greylag
X Canada Goose hybrid.
On Wed, Dec 17, 2014 at 4:16 AM, 'Daniel Hinnebusch' via Maryland & DC
Birding  wrote:
>
>  While passing through the area, I had time to take a quick look at
> Little Pool in Washington County.  I found what I'm pretty sure was a
> Canada x Greater White-fronted Goose hybrid.  There are photos in the
> linked checklist.  I would appreciate any thoughts.
>
> eBird Checklist – Little Pool, Maryland – Tue Dec 16, 2014 – 17 species
> (+1 other taxa) 
>
>
>  [image: image] 
>
>
>
>
>
>   eBird Checklist – Little Pool, Maryland – Tue Dec 16, 20...
> 
> The premier destination for birding on the Web.
>    View on ebird.org
> 
>  Preview by Yahoo
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>
> Dan
>
>
>
> Daniel Hinnebusch
> (Lancaster County, PA)
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Subject: GWFGoose and BCNight-Heron still at Whittier, Frederick
From: Andy Wilson <awilson.gettysburg AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 09:29:05 -0500
The Greater White-fronted Goose and juv Black-crowned Night-Heron were
still at Whittier Lake, Frederick, 7:15-7:30 this morning.

There was also a possible Snow x Canada hybrid, and 4 Richardson's Cackling
Geese.

On Monday there was a juvenile Snow Goose at nearby Rocky Spring Rd.

eBird checklist:

Whittier Lake Park, Frederick, US-MD
Dec 17, 2014 7:16 AM - 7:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.2 mile(s)
12 species (+1 other taxa)

Greater White-fronted Goose  1     ongoing bird
Cackling Goose (Richardson's)  4     3 here: Richardson's Cackling Geese
Canada Goose  700     estimate - highest numbers of winter so far
Snow x Canada Goose (hybrid)  1     putative
presumed Snow x Canada Goose
Mallard  35
Black-crowned Night-Heron  1     long-staying juvenile
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
American Crow  2
Carolina Wren  1
European Starling  40
House Finch  2
American Goldfinch  2
House Sparrow  4

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20934104
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Frederick, MD/Gettysburg College, PA
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Subject: Re: Tripod Travel
From: Maryanne Dolan <maryanne.dolan AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 09:04:29 -0500
Thanks everyone.  I discovered how to remove the center shaft from the legs
so now everything fits (including the aforementioned 'undies' and socks).
There is even room to shove in an extra tee-shirt. :)
I, too, would love to drive it one day, but then I would  need to get
through the Carolinas, not to mention Georgia......lots of good birds along
that route!  I suspect it might take a few months to hit Florida.  But's
it's on my bucket list.
Happy Holidays to all.
maryanne.

On Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 8:57 AM, Maryanne Dolan 
wrote:
>
> What do you all do with tripods when traveling?  The dang thing won't fit
> into my smaller piece of luggage and I am reluctant to drag out the big
> suitcase.  But I also refuse to go to Florida without my scope.  *Can*
> one carry a tripod on as 'carry on' luggage?  I have always assumed I would
> not be able to get it through airport security.  Is that correct?
> BTW...I am half convinced my family is right and birdwatchers (meaning me)
> are wacky.  I am now contemplating spending Christmas in Florida with a
> mountain of birding equipment, but only an extra pair of 'undies' and a
> spare set of socks.  Maybe there *is* something wrong with that picture.
> Maryanne dolan
> Washington dc
>
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Subject: Hybrid Goose at Little Pool
From: "'Daniel Hinnebusch' via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 09:16:11 +0000 (UTC)
While passing through the area, I had time to take a quick look at Little Pool 
in Washington County.  I found what I'm pretty sure was a Canada x Greater 
White-fronted Goose hybrid.  There are photos in the linked checklist.  I 
would appreciate any thoughts. 

eBird Checklist – Little Pool, Maryland – Tue Dec 16, 2014 – 17 species 
(+1 other taxa) 


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Subject: Woodcock displaying
From: George Jett <gmjett AT verizon.net>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 20:04:12 -0500
Folks

Tonight on our little walk Gwen & I were delighted to hear American Woodcock 
displaying. The location was on Mallard Lane, Lothian, MD 20711. The display 
location was at the end if the pavement on the left as you head south on the 
dead end road. 


Not close enough to be a yard bird, but a treat.

Please note new email address.

George Jett 
gmjett AT verizon.net

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Subject: Fwd: DC Area, 12/16/2014
From: lydiaschindler AT verizon.net
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 18:34:59 -0600 (CST)




Subject: Hart-Miller Island, 12/15/14
From: Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 18:11:31 -0500
12/15/14 – 715am-3pm

Hart-Miller Island, Baltimore Co., MD



WEATHER: MC/PC, 44-48 degrees, calm- ESE 3K

OBSERVERS: Kevin Graff, Bob Ringler



Canada Goose – 682

Mute Swan – 1

Tundra Swan – 39

Gadwall – 89

American Wigeon – 34

American Black Duck – 212

Mallard – 767

Northern Shoveler – 101

Northern Pintail – 142

Green-winged Teal – 56

Lesser Scaup – 12

*BLACK SCOTER – 2 (Hens)

Bufflehead – 41

*COMMON GOLDENEYE – 2 (Hens)

Hooded Merganser – 85

Red-breasted Merganser – 8

Ruddy Duck – 207

Pied-billed Grebe – 1

Horned Grebe – 2

Double-crested Cormorant – 68

Great Blue Heron – 8

Bald Eagle – 1 (adult)

Northern Harrier – 1

Peregrine Falcon – 1

American Coot – 92

Bonaparte’s Gull – 15

Ring-billed Gull – 30

Herring Gull – 115

*LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL – 1 (4th W)   **last week also a 4th W, not an
adult**

Great Black-backed Gull – 9

Mourning Dove – 60

Red-bellied Woodpecker – 4

Downy Woodpecker – 4

Fish Crow – 28

Horned Lark – 4

*TREE SWALLOW – 6 (*late*, active feeding low over water at N Cell)

Carolina Chickadee – 5

Tufted Titmouse – 1

Carolina Wren – 12

Winter Wren – 2

Golden-crowned Kinglet – 1

Hermit Thrush – 1

Northern Mockingbird – 2

European Starling – 27

Yellow-rumped Warbler – 1

Eastern Towhee – 3

Field Sparrow – 1

Savannah Sparrow – 4

Song Sparrow – 148

Swamp Sparrow – 46

White-throated Sparrow – 35

“Slate-colored” Junco – 6

Northern Cardinal – 5

Red-winged Blackbird – 193

Brown-headed Cowbird – 3

American Goldfinch – 48

SPECIES: 56      INDIVIDUALS: 3474



MAMMALS: Red Fox – 3



BUTTERFLIES: Orange Sulphur – 2



MOTHS: Isabella Tiger Moth – 2 (Woolly Bear)



    Kevin Graff

    Jarrettsville, MD

    KeyWeststyle2001 AT gmail.com

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Subject: Alert: Protect Arctic birds from oil drilling
From: Kurt Schwarz <krschwa1 AT verizon.net>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 13:04:57 -0500
If you are concerned about oil drilling in the Arctic, you might want to
consider taking action at the link below from National Audubon.

Kurt R. Schwarz
Conservation Chair
Maryland Ornithological Society
www.mdbirds.org
goawaybird AT verizon.net


Dear Friend, 

Millions of birds thrive in the icy waters of the Arctic Ocean, thanks to
abundant food and a pristine ecosystem. An oil spill here would be
devastating, and a clean-up next to impossible. Still, oil companies such as
Shell are poised to rush ahead with oil drilling.

Please join me in sending public comments to oppose opening new areas of the
Arctic Ocean to oil drilling. The deadline to comment is Monday, December
22. It's quick and easy to send your own comments through Audubon's Action
Center: http://www.audubonaction.org/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&id=1787


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Subject: link to photos
From: Cortez Austin <corteznaturephotography AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 12:56:26 -0500
These photos by Marina Scarr are so extraordinary I thought I would share them 
with the list even though they were not taken in Maryland. Two years ago a 
Barred Owl killed a Red-shouldered hawk on its nest in my backyard. 



http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2874528/Owl-dramatic-mid-air-battle-hawk-landed-near-nest.html 


Cortez Austin
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Subject: Re: Re: Tripod Travel
From: world oceans <world.oceans7 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:02:21 -0500
Or buy a cheap one there and then donate it to a bird club or photography
club....or ship it back to yourself. For that matter, you can always ship
your own down there if you don't mind being without it for a few days. The
best suggestion is probably what Hugh and Ann suggest: take it apart and
put it in your luggage.

James Gibson
Silver Spring

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>
>  You may be able to rent one when you get there.
>
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Subject: Fwd: Re: Tripod Travel
From: "MICHAEL L. SMITH" <ospreys AT erols.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:52:50 -0500
You may be able to rent one when you get there.

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Subject: Re: Tripod Travel
From: Lee Adams <leeloudenslageradams AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:49:14 -0500
One of my girlfriends has a wheeled backpack that she uses as her carry-on.
She collapses the tripod, takes the head off & slips the tripod into straps
on the outside of the backpack. Amazingly, she hasn't poked any one's eyes
out boarding the plane while I, shorter & bulkier, whack folks while
struggling down the aisle without a tripod, just a big camera/optics bag
WITH extra undies!

On Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 10:05 AM, Cortez Austin <
corteznaturephotography AT gmail.com> wrote:
>
> I carry a professional sized tripod for the wildlife photography I do. I
> have no problem fitting it in my normal sized duffle bag when fully
> collapsed and the head removed. I used to carry it in a long bag designed
> for lighting equipment but short enough to fit the description of normal
> sized luggage. Both bags allow you to pack a lot of other stuff around it
> and both have wheels. The long bag is 36”L, 11”H, 12”W made by Calumet. 

>
> Cortez Austin, Upper Marlboro, MD.
>
> On Dec 16, 2014, at 9:46 AM, Ann Hobbs  wrote:
>
> I do what Hugh does, and my checked bag is almost always searched.  A
> quick internet search seems to indicate that tripods are allowed as carryon
> if they meet the size limitations.
>
> Ann Hobbs
> Silver Spring, MD
>
>
>
> On Dec 16, 2014, at 9:12 AM, Hugh McGuinness 
> wrote:
>
> I take my tripod apart into many small pieces, pack it in my checked
> luggage, and then put it back together.
>
> Hugh
>
> PS: your preparatory behavior for a trip to Florida sounds perfectly
> normal to me.
>
> On Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 8:57 AM, Maryanne Dolan 
> wrote:
>>
>> What do you all do with tripods when traveling?  The dang thing won't fit
>> into my smaller piece of luggage and I am reluctant to drag out the big
>> suitcase.  But I also refuse to go to Florida without my scope.  *Can*
>> one carry a tripod on as 'carry on' luggage?  I have always assumed I would
>> not be able to get it through airport security.  Is that correct?
>> BTW...I am half convinced my family is right and birdwatchers (meaning
>> me) are wacky.  I am now contemplating spending Christmas in Florida with a
>> mountain of birding equipment, but only an extra pair of 'undies' and a
>> spare set of socks.  Maybe there *is* something wrong with that picture.
>> Maryanne dolan
>> Washington dc
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Subject: Re: Tripod Travel
From: Cortez Austin <corteznaturephotography AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:05:33 -0500
I carry a professional sized tripod for the wildlife photography I do. I have 
no problem fitting it in my normal sized duffle bag when fully collapsed and 
the head removed. I used to carry it in a long bag designed for lighting 
equipment but short enough to fit the description of normal sized luggage. Both 
bags allow you to pack a lot of other stuff around it and both have wheels. The 
long bag is 36”L, 11”H, 12”W made by Calumet. 


Cortez Austin, Upper Marlboro, MD.     
On Dec 16, 2014, at 9:46 AM, Ann Hobbs  wrote:

> I do what Hugh does, and my checked bag is almost always searched. A quick 
internet search seems to indicate that tripods are allowed as carryon if they 
meet the size limitations. 

> 
> Ann Hobbs
> Silver Spring, MD
> 
> 
> 
> On Dec 16, 2014, at 9:12 AM, Hugh McGuinness  wrote:
> 
>> I take my tripod apart into many small pieces, pack it in my checked 
luggage, and then put it back together. 

>> 
>> Hugh
>> 
>> PS: your preparatory behavior for a trip to Florida sounds perfectly normal 
to me. 

>> 
>> On Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 8:57 AM, Maryanne Dolan  
wrote: 

>> What do you all do with tripods when traveling? The dang thing won't fit 
into my smaller piece of luggage and I am reluctant to drag out the big 
suitcase. But I also refuse to go to Florida without my scope. Can one carry a 
tripod on as 'carry on' luggage? I have always assumed I would not be able to 
get it through airport security. Is that correct? 

>> BTW...I am half convinced my family is right and birdwatchers (meaning me) 
are wacky. I am now contemplating spending Christmas in Florida with a mountain 
of birding equipment, but only an extra pair of 'undies' and a spare set of 
socks. Maybe there is something wrong with that picture. 

>> Maryanne dolan
>> Washington dc
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Subject: Re: Tripod Travel
From: Ann Hobbs <hobbs_ann AT msn.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 09:46:36 -0500
I do what Hugh does, and my checked bag is almost always searched. A quick 
internet search seems to indicate that tripods are allowed as carryon if they 
meet the size limitations. 


Ann Hobbs
Silver Spring, MD



> On Dec 16, 2014, at 9:12 AM, Hugh McGuinness  wrote:
> 
> I take my tripod apart into many small pieces, pack it in my checked luggage, 
and then put it back together. 

> 
> Hugh
> 
> PS: your preparatory behavior for a trip to Florida sounds perfectly normal 
to me. 

> 
>> On Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 8:57 AM, Maryanne Dolan  
wrote: 

>> What do you all do with tripods when traveling? The dang thing won't fit 
into my smaller piece of luggage and I am reluctant to drag out the big 
suitcase. But I also refuse to go to Florida without my scope. Can one carry a 
tripod on as 'carry on' luggage? I have always assumed I would not be able to 
get it through airport security. Is that correct? 

>> BTW...I am half convinced my family is right and birdwatchers (meaning me) 
are wacky. I am now contemplating spending Christmas in Florida with a mountain 
of birding equipment, but only an extra pair of 'undies' and a spare set of 
socks. Maybe there is something wrong with that picture. 

>> Maryanne dolan
>> Washington dc
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Subject: Re: Tripod Travel
From: Hugh McGuinness <hdmcguinness AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 09:12:19 -0500
I take my tripod apart into many small pieces, pack it in my checked
luggage, and then put it back together.

Hugh

PS: your preparatory behavior for a trip to Florida sounds perfectly normal
to me.

On Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 8:57 AM, Maryanne Dolan 
wrote:
>
> What do you all do with tripods when traveling?  The dang thing won't fit
> into my smaller piece of luggage and I am reluctant to drag out the big
> suitcase.  But I also refuse to go to Florida without my scope.  *Can*
> one carry a tripod on as 'carry on' luggage?  I have always assumed I would
> not be able to get it through airport security.  Is that correct?
> BTW...I am half convinced my family is right and birdwatchers (meaning me)
> are wacky.  I am now contemplating spending Christmas in Florida with a
> mountain of birding equipment, but only an extra pair of 'undies' and a
> spare set of socks.  Maybe there *is* something wrong with that picture.
> Maryanne dolan
> Washington dc
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Subject: Re: Tripod Travel
From: Gene Ricks <gricks1949 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 06:01:03 -0800 (PST)
You can pick up socks and underwear anywhere, but a good scope or binocs are 
hard to come by. 


On Tuesday, December 16, 2014 8:57:57 AM UTC-5, Maryanne Dolan wrote:
> What do you all do with tripods when traveling?  The dang thing won't fit 
into my smaller piece of luggage and I am reluctant to drag out the big 
suitcase.  But I also refuse to go to Florida without my scope.  Can one 
carry a tripod on as 'carry on' luggage?  I have always assumed I would not be 
able to get it through airport security.  Is that correct? 

> BTW...I am half convinced my family is right and birdwatchers (meaning me) 
are wacky.  I am now contemplating spending Christmas in Florida with a 
mountain of birding equipment, but only an extra pair of 'undies' and a spare 
set of socks.  Maybe there is something wrong with that picture. 

> Maryanne dolan
> Washington dc

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Subject: Tripod Travel
From: Maryanne Dolan <maryanne.dolan AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 08:57:52 -0500
What do you all do with tripods when traveling?  The dang thing won't fit
into my smaller piece of luggage and I am reluctant to drag out the big
suitcase.  But I also refuse to go to Florida without my scope.  *Can* one
carry a tripod on as 'carry on' luggage?  I have always assumed I would not
be able to get it through airport security.  Is that correct?
BTW...I am half convinced my family is right and birdwatchers (meaning me)
are wacky.  I am now contemplating spending Christmas in Florida with a
mountain of birding equipment, but only an extra pair of 'undies' and a
spare set of socks.  Maybe there *is* something wrong with that picture.
Maryanne dolan
Washington dc

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