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Seaside Sparrow,©David Sibley

28 Aug Uppie still at Easton Airport ["'Frederick Fallon' via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
27 Aug Swan Creek birdwalk this morning [Tim Carney ]
27 Aug Good Shorebirds Currently in Maryland ["Jlstasz via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
27 Aug shorebirds - Youghiogheny Res.--Old Morgantown Road [Joe Hanfman ]
27 Aug Kayaking with Black Terns (Potomac River) [Fred Shaffer ]
27 Aug Rock Creek Park, Saturday 8/27/16 [Wallace Kornack ]
27 Aug Rocky Gorge migrants ["Derek C. Richardson" ]
27 Aug Wheaton Regional Park today [Gail Mackiernan ]
26 Aug Tricolored Heron Jackson's Landing PG County [Mark Rositol ]
26 Aug Common Ravens, Friendship Heights DC/MD, 8/26 [John Hubbell ]
26 Aug Swan Creek - Buff-breasted Sandpipers [Sharon F1727 ]
26 Aug Swan Creek - Buff-breasted Sandpipers [Sharon F1727 ]
26 Aug Re: Upland Sandpiper -Easton ["'Leslie Starr' via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
26 Aug Rock Creek Park, Friday 8/26/16 [Wallace Kornack ]
26 Aug Re: Astounding yard bird! A Bobwhite [Marcia Watson ]
26 Aug Astounding yard bird! A Bobwhite [Tony Futcher ]
26 Aug Upland Sandpiper -Easton [Joe Hanfman ]
25 Aug Re: [md-smas] Smith Island Field Trip with S MD Audubon Society ["Jlstasz via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
25 Aug Wheaton Regional Park today [Gail Mackiernan ]
25 Aug Rock Creek Park, Thursday 8/25/16 [Wallace Kornack ]
25 Aug Paper mill flats [Kye jenkins ]
25 Aug Re: Poplar Island, Aug 24, 2016 [Tim Carney ]
25 Aug Swan Creek 8/23/2016 [Tim Carney ]
24 Aug Poplar Island, Aug 24, 2016 [Joe Hanfman ]
24 Aug Re: Great resource for birders [JAMES SPEICHER ]
24 Aug Upland Sandpiper, Easton Airport [Karen Caruso ]
24 Aug Re: Tropical/Couch's Kingbird, Balto. Co [Richard Edden ]
24 Aug Turkey Point, warblers [Tim Houghton ]
24 Aug Swan Creek, 8/24/16 ["'Warren and Lisa Strobel' via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
24 Aug Re: Tropical/Couch's Kingbird, Balto. Co ["thbeal via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
24 Aug Rock Creek Park, Wednesday 8/24/16 [Wallace Kornack ]
24 Aug Wheaton Regional park today [Gail Mackiernan ]
24 Aug Re: Tropical/Couch's Kingbird, Balto. Co ["'Andrew Clemens' via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
24 Aug Re: Tropical/Couch's Kingbird, Balto. Co ["'Andrew Clemens' via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
24 Aug Re: Tropical/Couch's Kingbird, Balto. Co ["'Andrew Clemens' via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
24 Aug Tropical/Couch's Kingbird, Balto. Co [Tim Carney ]
23 Aug Backyard Hawkwatch [Kevin Graff ]
23 Aug Least Bittern--Dorchester County, 8/23/16 [Jim Brighton ]
23 Aug Great resource for birders [Patricia Wood ]
23 Aug Swan Creek update [Gail Mackiernan ]
23 Aug Re: American Avocets near Wilson Bridge ["'MikeBowen' via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
23 Aug Rock Creek Park, Tuesday 8/23/16 [Wallace Kornack ]
23 Aug Blue Mash Nature Trail -- Aug 23, 2016 [john pangborn ]
23 Aug American Avocets near Wilson Bridge ["'Michael Bowen' via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
23 Aug Summer Tanager and other migrants @ Wheaton Regional Park today [Gail Mackiernan ]
23 Aug Fwd: DC Area, 8/23/2016 [Lydia Schindler ]
23 Aug Red-necked Phalarope at Swan Creek [Tim Carney ]
23 Aug Lodging in Lewes area [Marcy Stutzman ]
22 Aug 23 Black Terns on the DC Potomac [Art Drauglis ]
22 Aug Black Terns at Conowingo (Harford Co.) [Mark Johnson ]
22 Aug Philly, warblers--Cromwell, 8/22/16 [Tim Houghton ]
22 Aug BLACK TERN at Swan Creek [Tim Carney ]
22 Aug Wheaton Regional Park today [Gail Mackiernan ]
22 Aug Maryland Eastern Shore weekend birding trip. Sorry for the long post, had a lot to talk about! [Hugh David Fleischmann ]
22 Aug Eastern Shore Weekend Trip-Long Post. Sorry, had alot to share. [Hugh David Fleischmann ]
22 Aug migrants @ Rocky Gorge ["Derek C. Richardson" ]
22 Aug August Pied-Billed Grebe at Triadelphia / recently at Lake Kittamaqundi in Columbia [Clayton Koonce ]
22 Aug Re: Pelagic trip Aug. 20-21 - good time of year? []
21 Aug Re: 23 Black Terns on the DC Potomac [Mark Rositol ]
21 Aug Nighthawk over DC [Mike Mangiaracina ]
21 Aug Terns and Turkeys: Horsehead, Egypt Rd, Blackwater [Karen Caruso ]
21 Aug Adam I., Blackwater, Ferry Neck, August 14-18, 2016. mysterious vocalization. [Harry Armistead ]
21 Aug Re: Black Terns at Loch Raven Point [Hugh David Fleischmann ]
21 Aug Re: Black Terns at Loch Raven Point [Hugh David Fleischmann ]
21 Aug Black Terns at Loch Raven Point [Ryan Johnson ]
21 Aug anyone lose a budgie? ["Derek C. Richardson" ]
21 Aug 23 Black Terns on the DC Potomac [Paul Pisano ]
21 Aug Black Terns at Loch Raven Point [Tim Carney ]
21 Aug Rock Creek Park, Sunday 8/21/16 [Wallace Kornack ]
21 Aug Best lens attachment for iPhone? [Sharon F1727 ]
21 Aug Re: Best lens attachment for iPhone? [Rick Borchelt ]
21 Aug Wheaton Regional Park today [Gail Mackiernan ]
21 Aug Best lens attachment for iPhone? [Hugh Simmons ]
20 Aug PG Sunday - Schoolhouse Pond, Patuxent River Park [Karen Caruso ]
20 Aug Re: local store to try binoculars? [Marcia Watson ]
20 Aug Re: At Wlde Lake (Columbia) this morning [Dean Mahlstedt ]

Subject: Uppie still at Easton Airport
From: "'Frederick Fallon' via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2016 01:42:17 +0000 (UTC)
I arrived at the Easton Airport at ~ 8:15, well before the opening of the Air 
Show - people already streaming in; no one interfered with me in any way. From 
the picnic tables outside the terminal, I found the UPSA in the direction of 
the yellow "E->" sign. This in the direction of the sun; late pm would be much 
better. The activity seemed not to disturb him. With him were a Killdeer and ~ 
20 Starlings. 


The crowd was a friendly one. I was able to put several interested by-standers 
on to the bird and explain a little about it. 


Fred FallonHuntingtown

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Subject: Swan Creek birdwalk this morning
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 15:40:44 -0700 (PDT)
We had a nice walk this morning at Swan Creek in Anne Arundel County. There 
were 41 participants which might be a new high count! By the far the highlight 
was a group of 4 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS foraging on the south cell dirt. We 
had point-blank views in direct lighting of these beauties. Scope views 
revealed the intense coloration and patterning. (I love this species.) 


Also: 3 Wilson's Phalaropes, 4 American Avocets, 5 Sanderlings, several 
Short-billed Dowitchers and Stilt Sandpipers, and a few Western Sandpipers. 
Some participants saw Baird's Sandpipers but not everyone was able to pick 
these out. Stan's group saw two adult Common Ravens and my group had a probable 
fly-by adult. 


Warblers were terribly lacking, with Common Yellowthroat and Yellow Warbler 
being the only species we saw. Need a cold front, badly. 


Thanks to Stan Arnold for co-leading and Karen Caruso for enforcing the sign-in 
sheet! You both helped me out a lot. 


Tim Carney
Nottingham, MD

Full eBird list: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31277068

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Subject: Good Shorebirds Currently in Maryland
From: "Jlstasz via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 18:20:59 -0400
 
Hi  Folks, 
In  addition to the nice shorebirds which have been in Garrett Count for 
several  days and noted in Joe Hanfman's post, other locations are producing  
goodies. 
(1)   Swan  Creek Wetland--Cox Creek DMCF, Anne Arundel County had a 
special Saturday trip today and found American Avocets, Wilson's Phalaropes and 

Buff-breasted  Sandpipers.   
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S31271315  
***  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.  *** 
(2)   Tydings  Memorial Park, Havre de Grace, Harford County 
( _Map_ 

(http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=39.5384858,-76.0896134&ll=39.5384858,-76.0896134) 
) has floating vegetation mats that are 

hosting many of the smaller shorebirds, Least  and Semipalmated Sandpipers are 
abundant with a few Western and Baird’s.  Best viewing is to look south from 
the  floating docks at the boat ramp.   
(3)   Central  Sod Farms--John Brown Rd., Queen Anne's County ( _Map_ 

(http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=39.003411,-76.09972&ll=39.003411,-76.0 

9972)  ) have  had recent sightings of American Golden-Plover and Upland 
Sandpiper. This is  also a traditional location for Buff-breasted Sandpipers. 
Parking on the wide  mown grassy shoulders of John Brown Road is okay; 
entering the sod farms is not.  
(4)   Shiloh  Church Turf Farm, Dorchester County ( _Map_ 

(http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.5964805,-75.869565&ll=38.5964805,-75.869565) 

) had  American Golden-Plover and Buff-breasted Sandpipers today. Scope the 
turf farm  fields from Rt. 331, but do not enter the property. 
(5)   Murray  Sod Farm, Worcester County ( _Map_ 

(http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.4381276,-75.2636433&ll=38.4381276,-75.2636433) 
) had 

Baird’s Sandpipers today, but like all of the other turf farms noted should 
also  be checked for American Golden-Plover and Buff-breasted Sandpipers. 
Scope  the turf farm fields from Blueberry Road, but do not enter the  
property. 
Note:  In all of these locations a telescope is almost necessary because 
the birds are  usually not close. As typical in Maryland at this time off year 
all of the  Baird’s and Buff-breasted Sandpipers are juveniles, not adults. 
Most of the  American Golden-Plovers will be adults just starting to molt 
out of breeding  plumage. 
Good  Birding! 
Jim 
Jim  Stasz 
North  Beach MD 
jlstasz AT aol.com 

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Subject: shorebirds - Youghiogheny Res.--Old Morgantown Road
From: Joe Hanfman <auk1844 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 16:38:13 -0400
There are some very good shorebirds in Garrett County at the Youghiogheny
Res.--Old Morgantown Road.

AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER  1
Semipalmated Plover  5
Killdeer  90
STILT SANDPIPER  1
SANDERLING  1
Least Sandpiper  12
Semipalmated Sandpiper  4
Spotted Sandpiper  4

My full list is below with a link to the checklist containing heat shimmer
photos.

Joe Hanfman
Columbia, MD

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Date: Sat, Aug 27, 2016 at 4:30 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Youghiogheny Res.--Old Morgantown Road, Aug 27, 2016
To: auk1844 AT gmail.com


Youghiogheny Res.--Old Morgantown Road, Garrett, Maryland, US
Aug 27, 2016 9:50 AM - 11:19 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.5 mile(s)
Comments:     
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.2.6 Build 75 34 species Wood Duck 15 Mallard 8 Common Merganser 3 Double-crested Cormorant 1 Great Blue Heron 3 Green Heron 3 Turkey Vulture 3 American Golden-Plover 1 Continuing, medium sized plover, thin black bill, small headed, white stripe on forehead extends down the side of the neck and stops at its breast, speckled black underneath, long wing extension. Semipalmated Plover 5 Killdeer 90 Average of 2 peoples estimate Stilt Sandpiper 1 Shorebird larger than peeps, long down-curved black bill, pale supercilium, plump, gray scapulars, probably a juvenile. Sanderling 1 Continuing, photo Least Sandpiper 12 Semipalmated Sandpiper 4 Spotted Sandpiper 4 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 2 Mourning Dove 1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 3 Eastern Wood-Pewee 2 Red-eyed Vireo 3 Blue Jay 2 American Crow 10 Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2 Tree Swallow 6 Bank Swallow 30 Barn Swallow 24 Cliff Swallow 22 Carolina Wren 1 Eastern Bluebird 10 European Starling 20 Cedar Waxwing 15 Chipping Sparrow 4 House Sparrow 6 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ checklist/S31271206 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org) -- -- -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Group 'Maryland & DC Birding'. To view group guidelines or change email preferences, visit this group on the web at http://www.mdbirding.com Unfamiliar with a hotspot mentioned on this list? Quickly locate it here - http://www.mdbirding.com/hotspot.html
Subject: Kayaking with Black Terns (Potomac River)
From: Fred Shaffer <glaucousgull AT verizon.net>
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 19:01:26 +0000 (UTC)
I had a great kayak trip this morning on the Potomac River.  I put my kayak in 
the water at Belle Haven Marina (Virginia) and kayaked along the river on the 
east side of the floating vegetation.  In order to maximize the Maryland birds 
that I would see, I stayed as far to the center of the river as I could, while 
staying comfortably out of the area where the power boats were.  I saw at 
least 8 or 9 Black Terns, in both Maryland and Virginia waters.  At times I 
got spectacular fly by views.  Initially, the birds seemed focused in the open 
water off National Harbor (Maryland).  However, the wind was blowing from the 
Maryland side of river and most of the vegetation was on the Virginia side, so 
most of the action was over there.  


I then kayaked under the Wilson Bridge and explored the expansive area of 
vegetation off Oxon Cove (on the Maryland side), but only gulls, cormorants and 
Great Egrets were here.  On my way back to the marina, and right near what I 
thought was the Virginia boundary (just south of the lighthouse), I came across 
a mat of vegetation with six Black Terns on it.  I got close views and photos 
of these birds from multiple angles and they seemed unconcerned about my small 
kayak bobbing nearby.  In fact, one time I had to put my boat into "reverse" 
to keep from colliding with the the small area of vegetation that they were 
perched on!  I got great views of the birds at rest and in flight.  I've 
attached a few of the better photos. 

It was a spectacular morning and thank you to everyone who posted from this 
area in recent days. Good birding, 


Fred ShafferGlaucousGull AT verizon.netCrofton, Maryland

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Subject: Rock Creek Park, Saturday 8/27/16
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace AT kornack.com>
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 11:32:11 -0400
This morning (8/27) at Rock Creek Park……..

Warblers seen by fellow birders: Black-and-white, Redstart, Chestnut-sided, 
Blue-wing, Yellowthroat, Blackburnian 


——Equitation Field
Red-bellied Woodpecker  
Downy Woodpecker  
Eastern Wood-Pewee  
White-breasted Nuthatch  
American Robin  
Chipping Sparrow     5

——Ridge
Black-and-white Warbler  
American Redstart     3
Chestnut-sided Warbler 
Mourning Dove     8
Chimney Swift     2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  
Red-bellied Woodpecker     2
Eastern Wood-Pewee  
Carolina Chickadee     6
Tufted Titmouse  
White-breasted Nuthatch  
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  

——Fence Line
Blue-winged Warbler  
Chestnut-sided Warbler  
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  
Red-eyed Vireo  
Baltimore Oriole  

——Maintenance Yard
Blue-winged Warbler  
Black-and-white Warbler  
Common Yellowthroat     2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird     2
Great Crested Flycatcher  
Red-eyed Vireo  
Carolina Chickadee  3
Tufted Titmouse  
House Wren  
American Robin  4
Gray Catbird  
European Starling  
Northern Cardinal  
Baltimore Oriole  

——Nature Center
Blackburnian Warbler      (Joshua)

——Dog Run
American Crow      3
American Robin     2
Blue Jay

Contributors: Sally Wechsler, John Boright, Jim Lemert, Tucker Scully, Lee 
Kimball, Gary Jones, Joshua Heiser, Kevin Ebert 


Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington  DC

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Subject: Rocky Gorge migrants
From: "Derek C. Richardson" <dcr AT astro.umd.edu>
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 10:47:23 -0400 (EDT)
Same warblers today as I had a few days ago, minus B&W: BLACKBURNIAN, 
REDSTART (2), and CANADA.  This was on Supplee Lane on the way to Rocky 
Gorge Reservoir in PG County (for some reason the access gate at the 
bottom was closed).  Otherwise nothing remarkable apart from 3 
GREAT-CRESTED FLYCATCHERS flying around.

D

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Subject: Wheaton Regional Park today
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 10:46:32 -0400
Hi all, 

Despite the warm morning there had supposedly been a NW breeze all night so 
worth checking out WRP. Some obvious changes, big decline in jays, robins and 
catbirds for example. Warblers were mostly in ones and twos, widely scattered, 
but we did run into a nice flock feeding in vines near the NE corner of Pine 
Lake. Six species of warbler in all. Fair number of Red-eyes and still a lot of 
Orioles and Pewees, and we also had a Least FC near the lake as well as several 
Acadians. Went over to the Shorefield restrooms and found out where all the 
Chipping Sparrows have been hiding out! 


Gail Mackiernan and Barry Cooper
Colesville, Md

Wheaton Regional Park and Brookside Gardens, Montgomery, Maryland, US
Aug 27, 2016 7:15 AM - 9:45 AM
42 species, birds of interest below:

Wood Duck  8
Green Heron  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Chimney Swift  3
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Northern Flicker  5
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  9
Acadian Flycatcher  3
Least Flycatcher  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  2
Red-eyed Vireo  8
House Wren  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  4
American Robin  10     Significant decline
Gray Catbird  6     Significant decline
Black-and-white Warbler  5
Common Yellowthroat  3
American Redstart  7  
Northern Parula  1
Chestnut-sided Warbler  2
Canada Warbler  2
Chipping Sparrow  10
Baltimore Oriole  7

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31270390
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Subject: Tricolored Heron Jackson's Landing PG County
From: Mark Rositol <mrositol510 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2016 18:23:36 -0700 (PDT)
After seeing an Ebird submission on Aug 24th by Jeff Shenot of a Tricolored 
Heron, I decided to stop by Jackson's Landing at low tide this evening. No luck 
from the boat ramp. So I went down to the scenic platform that is south of the 
Black Walnut Education area. On the exposed mud/hydrilla mats there were some 
obvious Great Egrets and Great Blue Herons. 


I saw a smaller wader. Immediately found it in the scope. The immature 
Tricolored was south of the overlook platform. It was foraging in a very hyper 
manner...occasionally running. After a little while it got too close to the 
Arrow Arum and was completely obstructed for the next few minutes. I called it 
an evening. 


M Rositol
Fort Washington, MD

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Subject: Common Ravens, Friendship Heights DC/MD, 8/26
From: John Hubbell <johngilhub1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2016 19:18:08 -0400
I was walking home from work tonight when I saw a large black bird fly
across Western Ave from DC to Montgomery County near the Lord and Taylor
store.  The bird struck me as larger than a crow, but then again, I had
been looking at tiny numbers in spreadsheets all day.  A second bird soon
followed, and the first bird gave a raven croak.

I tried to follow the birds around the area on foot, but had more luck
finding fussing crows than the ravens.  When I got home, I could still hear
a lot of vocal crows, so I gave it a few minutes in the driveway to try for
at least hearing the birds again.  After about 10 minutes, one of the
ravens flew overhead, heading back southwest towards the river, croaking
again, and I could see the tail well this time.  Yard bird!

John Hubbell
Washington DC

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Subject: Swan Creek - Buff-breasted Sandpipers
From: Sharon F1727 <sharonf1727 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:16:49 -0700 (PDT)
Found by Mike Parr, not me 
Sharon Forsyth 
W/DC

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Subject: Swan Creek - Buff-breasted Sandpipers
From: Sharon F1727 <sharonf1727 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:06:39 -0700 (PDT)
Three Buff-breasted Sandpipers, two Wilson's Phalaropes, one Red-necked 
Phalarope at Swan Creek this morning. 

Sharon Forsyth
W/DC

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Subject: Re: Upland Sandpiper -Easton
From: "'Leslie Starr' via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:59:29 -0400
The Upland Sandpiper was still visible in the heat shimmer at 12:30 this 
afternoon, to the right of Joe's two sets of flags. 


Be advised that tomorrow is Easton Airport Day, 10:00-2:00. It will probably be 
busy. 


Leslie & Joe
Port Republic



> On Aug 26, 2016, at 8:35 AM, Joe Hanfman  wrote:
> 
> There is a Upland Sandpiper at the Easton Airport. Park at the terminal and 
walk over to the picnic tables. Scope towards Rt 50. The UPSA was between a USA 
flag that has a trump flag next to it and a USA flag with a MD flag. 

> 
> Joe Hanfman
> Columbia, MD
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Subject: Rock Creek Park, Friday 8/26/16
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace AT kornack.com>
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:00:36 -0400
This morning (8/26) at Rock Creek Park with Jim Lemert, Tucker Scully and Jeff 
Shenot…... 


——Equitation Field     (Jim)
Blue-winged Warbler      (Jeff)
Black-and-white Warbler  
Magnolia Warbler  
Common Nighthawk  
Red-bellied Woodpecker  
Downy Woodpecker  
Hairy Woodpecker  
Northern Flicker     5
Yellow-throated Vireo      heard  
Brown-headed Cowbird     2

——Maintenance Yard
Black-and-white Warbler  
American Redstart  
Ruby-throated Hummingbird     2
Red-bellied Woodpecker     2
Hairy Woodpecker  
Northern Flicker     2
Pileated Woodpecker     2
Eastern Wood-Pewee     3
Great Crested Flycatcher     2
Red-eyed Vireo     2
American Crow     3
Carolina Chickadee     4
White-breasted Nuthatch     2
Carolina Wren     2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  
American Robin     15
Gray Catbird  
European Starling  
Scarlet Tanager  
Northern Cardinal     3
Baltimore Oriole     3

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington  DC

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Subject: Re: Astounding yard bird! A Bobwhite
From: Marcia Watson <marshwren50 AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:14:42 -0400
Tony, 

Congratulations on your Bobwhite. You mention you are near a power line cut. 
When I lived in Elkton, my house was adjacent to a power line cut that provided 
excellent Bobwhite breeding habitat, so I too had Bobwhite on my yard list. I 
used to love waking up on June mornings to their calls. Right inside city 
limits! 


Marcia 
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> On Aug 26, 2016, at 11:07 AM, Tony Futcher  wrote:
> 
> Hi all!
> 
> Late yesterday afternoon, I was stunned to see a Bobwhite feeding under our 
bird feeders. I have lived in this location for 46 years, and have not seen one 
in all this time. In fact I have not encountered one in Maryland for years. 

> 
> When I was doing BBS routes with Kathy Klimkeiwicz we did not report any for 
a number of years, even though we used to hear them regularly. I do not know 
the origin of this bird, though it was unbanded. 

> 
> The location is in West Hyattsville, just off of Riggs Road and East-west 
Highway, near Sligo Creek and the power line cut. 

> 
> A very pleasant surprise!!
> 
> Tony Futcher
> Hyattsville, MD
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Subject: Astounding yard bird! A Bobwhite
From: Tony Futcher <tonyfutcher1 AT verizon.net>
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:07:51 -0400
Hi all!

Late yesterday afternoon, I was stunned to see a Bobwhite feeding under 
our bird feeders. I have lived in this location for 46 years, and have 
not seen one in all this time. In fact I have not encountered one in 
Maryland for years.
When I was doing BBS routes with Kathy Klimkeiwicz we did not report any 
for a number of years, even though we used to hear them regularly. I do 
not know the origin of this bird, though it was unbanded.
The location is in West Hyattsville, just off of Riggs Road and 
East-west Highway, near Sligo Creek and the power line cut. A very 
pleasant surprise!!

Tony Futcher
Hyattsville, MD

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Subject: Upland Sandpiper -Easton
From: Joe Hanfman <auk1844 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2016 08:35:46 -0400
There is a Upland Sandpiper at the Easton Airport. Park at the terminal and 
walk over to the picnic tables. Scope towards Rt 50. The UPSA was between a USA 
flag that has a trump flag next to it and a USA flag with a MD flag. 


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Columbia, MD

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Subject: Re: [md-smas] Smith Island Field Trip with S MD Audubon Society
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Subject: Wheaton Regional Park today
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:28:11 -0400
Hi, 

Sort of a slow morning to start, only warblers were along Pine Lake but we did 
have five species with multiples of some. Fewer Catbirds, still good numbers of 
Flickers, Robins and Orioles. Two Green Herons, a Solitary Sandpiper, 6 Wood 
Ducks and a Kingfisher graced Pine Lake itself. 


Need another cold front!

Gail Mackiernan and Barry Cooper
Colesville, Md

Wheaton Regional Park and Brookside Gardens, Montgomery, Maryland, US
45 species; birds of interest:

Wood Duck  6
Green Heron  2
Red-shouldered Hawk  2
Red-tailed Hawk  1     Immature being mobbed by jays
Solitary Sandpiper  1
Chimney Swift  2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  2
Belted Kingfisher  1
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  12
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  5
Acadian Flycatcher  2
Alder/Willow Flycatcher (Traill's Flycatcher)  1     Brookside 
Great Crested Flycatcher  2
Red-eyed Vireo  3
Blue Jay 12
Tree Swallow  1     
House Wren  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  4
Wood Thrush  1
American Robin  20     Estimate
Gray Catbird  10
Blue-winged Warbler  1
Black-and-white Warbler  4
American Redstart  2
Magnolia Warbler  1
Chestnut-sided Warbler  4
Chipping Sparrow  2
Eastern Towhee  1
Baltimore Oriole  7
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Subject: Rock Creek Park, Thursday 8/25/16
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace AT kornack.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:23:54 -0400
This morning (8/25) in the maintenance yard of Rock Creek Park…..

Blue-winged Warbler     (Mark)
Black-and-white Warbler  4
Chestnut-sided Warbler    (Kevin)
Black-throated Green Warbler
Red-shouldered Hawk  
Mourning Dove     2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird       4
Red-bellied Woodpecker       3
Downy Woodpecker       2
Hairy Woodpecker  
Northern Flicker       6+
Pileated Woodpecker       2
Great Crested Flycatcher       6
Red-eyed Vireo  
Blue Jay  
Carolina Chickadee       6
Tufted Titmouse       2
White-breasted Nuthatch       3
House Wren  
Carolina Wren       3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  
Veery  
American Robin     14+
Gray Catbird  
Scarlet Tanager  
Northern Cardinal     6
Baltimore Oriole     3

Contributors: Bill Butler, Jin Lemert, John Boright, Mark Roesitol, Kevin 
Bennett 


Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington  DC

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Subject: Paper mill flats
From: Kye jenkins <kyebird54 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2016 07:58:39 -0700 (PDT)
This morning at flats/  
2 semiplamated plover
2 killdeer 
1 greater yellowlegs
17 lesser yellow legs
8 pectoral Sandpiper
2 solitary sandpiper
5 semiplamated sandpiper
3 least sandpiper 
1 osprey
1 black and white warbler

Hats off to John landers for cleaning the trail/ kye Jenkins 

                       

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Subject: Re: Poplar Island, Aug 24, 2016
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2016 07:44:38 -0700 (PDT)
...and for comparison, here is my list from yesterday. I found an American 
Redstart and an adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL early on, and briefly caught a 
glimpse of a Royal Tern. Things got a bit frustrating when several juvenile 
eagles decided to make repeated passes over the shorebird and tern flocks. The 
birds kept scattering which made counting extremely difficult. Fortunately it 
seemed like the eagles took a break during the birding tour. Hopefully the 
Buff-breasted sticks around for a few weeks so I can see it. 


Tim Carney
Nottingham, MD

Poplar Island, Talbot, Maryland, US
Aug 24, 2016 7:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Protocol: Area
1140.0 ac
61 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  33
American Black Duck  5
Mallard  48
Northern Shoveler  38
Green-winged Teal  22
Redhead  1
Surf Scoter  10
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Double-crested Cormorant  3154
Brown Pelican  65
Great Blue Heron  11
Great Egret  5
Snowy Egret  43
Cattle Egret  20
Black-crowned Night-Heron  1
Turkey Vulture  1
Osprey  38
Northern Harrier  1
Cooper's Hawk  1
Bald Eagle  9
Black-necked Stilt  16
American Avocet  13
Black-bellied Plover  3
Semipalmated Plover  66
Killdeer  10
Ruddy Turnstone  2
Stilt Sandpiper  1
Sanderling  14
Dunlin  1
Baird's Sandpiper  1
Least Sandpiper  71
White-rumped Sandpiper  3
Pectoral Sandpiper  3
Semipalmated Sandpiper  99
peep sp.  403
Short-billed Dowitcher  7
Red-necked Phalarope  3
Spotted Sandpiper  6
Greater Yellowlegs  3
Willet  1
Lesser Yellowlegs  71
Laughing Gull  681
Ring-billed Gull  21
Herring Gull  1284
Lesser Black-backed Gull  1
Great Black-backed Gull  697
Least Tern  13
Caspian Tern  22
Black Tern  26
Common Tern  391
Forster's Tern  139
Royal Tern  1
Peregrine Falcon  1
Fish Crow  4
Tree Swallow  4
Bank Swallow  3
Barn Swallow  24
European Starling  12
American Redstart  1
Yellow Warbler  2
Seaside Sparrow  1
Red-winged Blackbird  80

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Subject: Swan Creek 8/23/2016
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2016 04:07:29 -0700 (PDT)
Full census on Tuesday. Highlights included continuing WILSON'S PHALAROPES (at 
least 2), BLACK TERN, and AMERICAN AVOCETS. I also found a RED-NECKED PHALAROPE 
in the north cell. There was one probable Baird's Sandpiper but I couldn't get 
a good enough view to confirm. 


Despite promising overnight radar, migrants were thin, with only 4 species of 
warblers found (including Common Yellowthroat, which breeds throughout the 
wetlands), plus small numbers of Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Bobolink, and 
Baltimore Oriole. 


Full eBird list below.

Tim Carney
Nottingham, MD

Swan Creek Wetland--Cox Creek DMCF, Anne Arundel, Maryland, US
Aug 23, 2016 7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.2 mile(s)
Comments: *** NOTE: Swan Creek/Cox Creek is an active industrial site and 
mitigation project in northern Anne Arundel Co. Access is at the end of Kembo 
Road off Fort Smallwood Road near 695. The site is open ONLY Monday through 
Friday, 7:00 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. *** 

72 species

Canada Goose  26
Wood Duck  6
Mallard  379
Blue-winged Teal  20
Northern Shoveler  79
Green-winged Teal  6
Ruddy Duck  5
Double-crested Cormorant  80
Great Blue Heron  8
Snowy Egret  5
Little Blue Heron  3
Black-crowned Night-Heron  1
Turkey Vulture  1
Osprey  2
Bald Eagle  2
Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Avocet  6
Semipalmated Plover  4
Killdeer  2
Stilt Sandpiper  6
Sanderling  5
Least Sandpiper  24
Pectoral Sandpiper  4
Semipalmated Sandpiper  116
Western Sandpiper  6
peep sp. 1     One BASA candidate
Short-billed Dowitcher  15
Wilson's Phalarope  2
Red-necked Phalarope  1
Spotted Sandpiper  2
Greater Yellowlegs  2
Lesser Yellowlegs  117
Laughing Gull  236
Ring-billed Gull  17
Herring Gull  7
Great Black-backed Gull  1
Caspian Tern  96
Black Tern  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  1
Mourning Dove  12
Chimney Swift  20
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  3
Belted Kingfisher  2
Downy Woodpecker  3
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Eastern Kingbird  3
Red-eyed Vireo  8
American Crow  7
Purple Martin  1
Tree Swallow  24
Bank Swallow  2
Barn Swallow  68
Carolina Chickadee  8
Carolina Wren  9
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  7
American Robin  30
Gray Catbird  2
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  16
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Common Yellowthroat  7
American Redstart  3
Chestnut-sided Warbler  2
Chipping Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  16
Blue Grosbeak  10
Indigo Bunting  4
Bobolink  2
Red-winged Blackbird  23
Brown-headed Cowbird  4
Baltimore Oriole  1
American Goldfinch  11

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Subject: Poplar Island, Aug 24, 2016
From: Joe Hanfman <auk1844 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 21:34:51 -0400
We had a great trip to Poplar Island today. Some of the highlights
included: 1 Greater Scaup, 12 Surf Scoters, 1 Black Scoter, 52 Brown
Pelicans, 1 Tricolored Heron, 17 Black-necked Stilts, 11 American Avocets,
1 RED KNOT spotted by Kevin Ebert, 1 Dunlin, 2 Baird's Sandpipers, 1
White-rumped Sandpiper, 3 Buff-breasted Sandpipers, 1 Wilson's Phalarope, 3
Red-necked Phalaropes, 19 Black Terns and 1 Tim Carney doing the official
census. Our full list is below. At least one person saw 2 Western
Sandpipers.


Poplar Island, Talbot, Maryland, US
Aug 24, 2016 9:12 AM - 12:54 PM
Protocol: Traveling
5.0 mile(s)
Comments:
63 species

Canada Goose  1
Mallard  60
Northern Shoveler  70     Tallied
Green-winged Teal (American)  3
Greater Scaup  1     Scaup with rounded head, photo
Surf Scoter  12     Exact count
Black Scoter  1
Ruddy Duck  1
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Double-crested Cormorant  2200     Estimate
Brown Pelican  52     Careful count
Great Blue Heron  7
Great Egret  4
Snowy Egret  17
Little Blue Heron  2     Immatures
Tricolored Heron  1     Immature, reddish on the neck, white belly
Cattle Egret  8
Black-crowned Night-Heron  1
Turkey Vulture  4
Osprey  34     Tallied
Northern Harrier  1
Cooper's Hawk  1
Bald Eagle  13
Black-necked Stilt  17     Expected, photos
American Avocet  11     Careful count
Black-bellied Plover  2
Semipalmated Plover  48
Killdeer  7
Ruddy Turnstone  10
Red Knot  1     Plump gray shorebird, medium straight bill, white belly,
streaks on flanks. Spotted by Kevin Ebert.
Stilt Sandpiper  2
Sanderling  57     Tallied
Dunlin  1     Medium to small shorebird, reddish back, black on belly.
Baird's Sandpiper  2     Warm brown, long wing extensions, no streaks on
flanks. Photo
Least Sandpiper  40
White-rumped Sandpiper  1
Buff-breasted Sandpiper  3     Exact count, photos. 1st one spotted by Jeff
Culler.
Pectoral Sandpiper  2
Semipalmated Sandpiper  125
Short-billed Dowitcher  15
Wilson's Phalarope  1     Pale white phalarope with longer bill.
Red-necked Phalarope  3     Phalarope with dark and white streaks on back,
smallish bill, black behind eye, photo.
Spotted Sandpiper  9
Greater Yellowlegs  4
Lesser Yellowlegs  75
Laughing Gull  460
Ring-billed Gull  10
Herring Gull (American)  500
Great Black-backed Gull  600     Estimate
Least Tern  3
Caspian Tern  14
Black Tern  19     Expected, count by 1's, photo
Common Tern  175     Estimate
Forster's Tern  125
Peregrine Falcon  2
Fish Crow  1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  2
Purple Martin  1
Bank Swallow  7
Barn Swallow  6
Yellow Warbler  1
Seaside Sparrow  1     Possibly 2, regular location
Red-winged Blackbird  6

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Subject: Re: Great resource for birders
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:56:35 -0400
Interlibrary loans would likely get the books sent to ANY local
library...though the turn-around may not be as long, planning ahead
would be a requirement, AND there may be a small fee involved...

WASHPOST had an follow-up article about the 13 deceased BEs in the
METRO section today...p. B3.  Longstoryshort...it's still a mystery
what happened...

Jim S.

On 8/23/16, Patricia Wood  wrote:
> Ever think it might be nice to try out say the Crossley Raptors guide for a
> few weeks before deciding to buy it?  Or that it would be great to have a
> couple of field guides to take to Costa Rica with you, but would rather not
> buy but one?  If you live anywhere near DC, the Martin Luther King Library
> can help you out.  I work there, and wanted to let everyone know that we
> have a collection of bird guides, and books about birds, that is downright
> amazing.
>
> Field guides to countries as far off as Australia, or as close as Cuba, the
> various Crossley guides and other US guides to id, plus many books about
> birds and birders (The Big Year included, of course.)  You can keep them out
> for 2 or 3 months, if nobody puts in a request for the book.
>
> Anyone who lives/works in the Metro area--PG County, Montgomery County (and
> Fairfax etc.), as well as in DC itself, can get a card and check things out.
>  And if it isn't easy for you to get to 9th and G where MLK Library is (near
> the Verizon Center), you can reserve a book online or by phone (call
> 202-727-1251) and have it sent to one of our branches, anywhere in the
> city.
>
> If you're interested in this resource, you should know that it will vanish
> starting probably next March or April when MLK closes for 3 years of
> renovation UNLESS before then enough of these books get checked out and used
> to show they should be kept available in the new library, and even
> distributed to our branches for use during the time MLK is closed.
>
> Now's the time to vote for libraries having bird books by checking some out
> in the next few months while decisions are being made on the future
> collection.  I think you'll enjoy looking over what we have now!
>
> Patricia Wood
> Silver Spring
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Subject: Upland Sandpiper, Easton Airport
From: Karen Caruso <karen.caruso AT verizon.net>
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 14:05:23 -0700 (PDT)
Easton Airport, Talbot, Maryland, US
Aug 24, 2016 2:15 PM - 2:45 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Dot Mumford, Dale Murphy
4 species

Turkey Vulture  2
Killdeer  2
Upland Sandpiper 1(on the left less than 100 yards from the turn off Rt 50. One 
bird, in high grass, just below the runway) 

Mourning Dove  3

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Subject: Re: Tropical/Couch's Kingbird, Balto. Co
From: Richard Edden <richardedden AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 14:39:23 -0400
There's a reasonable chance that couch as in sofa would also have been
pronounced to rhyme with pooch in 1850. So feel free to pronounce it
however you like.

Now, let's talk about plovers...

On Wed, Aug 24, 2016 at 11:32 AM, thbeal via Maryland & DC Birding <
mdbirding AT googlegroups.com> wrote:

> PROPER PRONUNCIATION Not sure if I have posted this before. Couch's
> Kingbird is only bird named after US Civil War General.  Then Lt. Couch
> accompanied Smithsonian expedition of newly acquired Texas territories  in
> 1850's. Bird named in his honor. Have it on good authority from Prof at
> Sherperdstown writing biography that Couch rhymes with 'pooch' as in the
> dog, not couch as in sofa.
>
> Tom Beal
>
>
>
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> To: 'Bill Hubick' via Maryland & DC Birding 
> Sent: Wed, Aug 24, 2016 9:42 am
> Subject: [MDBirding] Tropical/Couch's Kingbird, Balto. Co
>
> Jimmy Rode photographed a TRKI/COKI on the Black Marsh Trail at North
> Point SP yesterday. It was on a snag. I don't know any other details. It
> hasn't been relocated this morning...yet.
>
> Tim Carney
> Nottingham, MD
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Subject: Turkey Point, warblers
From: Tim Houghton <timhoughton AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 18:06:45 +0000 (UTC)
An extremely enjoyable and gorgeous morning at Turkey Point. 

Eleven warbler species, including a beautiful fall-type Tennessee Warbler. 
Warblers: 


Worm-Eating (1) 
Blue-Winged (3) 
Black-and-White (6) 
Tennessee (1) 
Yellowthroat (1) 
Redstart (8) 
Parula (1) 
Magnolia (1) 
Blackburnian (1) 
Chestnut-Sided (3) 
Canada (3) 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31226363 . 

No rarities but good stuff. Speaking of rarities, don't be misled by some of 
the eBird rarity descriptions. "Continuing" works in obvious situations. But 
avoid simply stating the location or what other birds accompanied the rarity. 
At least that's not what you're supposed to do. Generally, eBird wants field 
marks and, sometimes, the elimination of similar species. 


Other birds: lots of baltimore orioles--also an orchard. Scarlet Tanager, 
cuckoo, hairy woodpecker, various flycatchers, yellow-throated vireo. Fun day. 


Tim Houghton 
(Glen Arm) 

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Subject: Swan Creek, 8/24/16
From: "'Warren and Lisa Strobel' via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:54:21 +0000 (UTC)
Hi all. Was there from 7:50-835 am this morning. Some lovely birds, including a 
half-dozen American Avocets and three Wilson's Phalarope. The north cell was 
teeming with ducks, gulls and shorebirds. 


Could not find the two species I was really looking for - Black Tern (which 
flee at the sound of my name whilst in Anne Arundel County) and Red-Necked 
Phalarope. 


Good Birding!

Warren Strobel
Annapolis

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Subject: Re: Tropical/Couch's Kingbird, Balto. Co
From: "thbeal via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 11:32:28 -0400
PROPER PRONUNCIATION Not sure if I have posted this before. Couch's Kingbird is 
only bird named after US Civil War General. Then Lt. Couch accompanied 
Smithsonian expedition of newly acquired Texas territories in 1850's. Bird 
named in his honor. Have it on good authority from Prof at Sherperdstown 
writing biography that Couch rhymes with 'pooch' as in the dog, not couch as in 
sofa. 



Tom Beal



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To: 'Bill Hubick' via Maryland & DC Birding 
Sent: Wed, Aug 24, 2016 9:42 am
Subject: [MDBirding] Tropical/Couch's Kingbird, Balto. Co

Jimmy Rode photographed a TRKI/COKI on the Black Marsh Trail at North Point SP 
yesterday. It was on a snag. I don't know any other details. It hasn't been 
relocated this morning...yet. 


Tim Carney
Nottingham, MD

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Subject: Rock Creek Park, Wednesday 8/24/16
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace AT kornack.com>
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 11:25:02 -0400
This morning (8/24) at Rock Creek Park…...

Pleased to see two first of season warblers—Blue-winged and Magnolia.

——Maintenance Yard
Blue-winged Warbler     2   (Marina)
Magnolia Warbler  
Red-shouldered Hawk  
Ring-billed Gull     3   fly by
Mourning Dove     3
Ruby-throated Hummingbird     2
Red-bellied Woodpecker     2
Downy Woodpecker  
Northern Flicker     3
Eastern Wood-Pewee     4
Great Crested Flycatcher     3
Red-eyed Vireo  
Carolina Chickadee     3
Tufted Titmouse  
White-breasted Nuthatch     4
House Wren  
Carolina Wren     2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher     8
American Robin     7
Scarlet Tanager     2
Northern Cardinal  
Baltimore Oriole     2
House Finch  

——Yard Parking Lot
Red-shouldered Hawk
White-breasted Nuthatch
American Robin
Blue Jay

——Dog Run
Blue Jay     4
Carolina Wren

Contributors:  Bill Butler, Marina True, Jim Lemert, John Boright

Have Fun Birding!

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Subject: Wheaton Regional park today
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 11:04:26 -0400
Hi all,

Barry went to Poplar Island and I vacillated about going over to WRP as it has 
been sort of slow. But heck, a bad day's birding is better than a good day 
sitting at home, so... 


It was rather slow but still enough around to be interesting. Quite an obvious 
decline since yesterday in Blue Jays, Flickers, Orioles and Red-eyes. More 
Robins and my first of fall Brown Thrasher. Six species of warbler, best being 
a bright fall male Cape May foraging just above eye level next to Pine Lake, 
also a bright male Blue-winged in the cherry tree next to the white house. It 
quieted down very quickly at about 9:30 so I started home, and managed to 
damage my jeep's tire on some road debris so kind of an annoying end to a 
pleasant morning! 


Gail Mackiernan
Colesville, Md

Wheaton Regional Park and Brookside Gardens, Montgomery, Maryland, US
Aug 24, 2016 7:25 AM - 9:25 AM

40 species, birds of interest:

Wood Duck  6
Green Heron  1     Adult
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Chimney Swift  2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  3
Northern Flicker  10
Eastern Wood-Pewee  5
Great Crested Flycatcher  2
Red-eyed Vireo  5
Blue Jay  12
House Wren  3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  7
Wood Thrush  1
American Robin  25     Estimate
Gray Catbird  9
Brown Thrasher  1
Blue-winged Warbler  1     Male
Black-and-white Warbler  1
American Redstart  3   all "yellowstarts"
Cape May Warbler  1     Male
Magnolia Warbler  1
Chestnut-sided Warbler  3  all immatures
Chipping Sparrow  2
Eastern Towhee  1
Baltimore Oriole  7



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Subject: Re: Tropical/Couch's Kingbird, Balto. Co
From: "'Andrew Clemens' via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 14:45:50 +0000 (UTC)
Oops.  Refind!  Damn phone

Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android 
 
 On Wed, Aug 24, 2016 at 10:42 AM, 'Andrew Clemens' via Maryland & DC 
Birding wrote: The bird was not photographed 
yesterday but on Monday.  Jimmy and I were both there yesterday and did not 
refund the bird. 

Andy

Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android 
 
 On Wed, Aug 24, 2016 at 9:42 AM, Tim Carney wrote: Jimmy 
Rode photographed a TRKI/COKI on the Black Marsh Trail at North Point SP 
yesterday. It was on a snag. I don't know any other details. It hasn't been 
relocated this morning...yet. 


Tim Carney
Nottingham, MD

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Subject: Re: Tropical/Couch's Kingbird, Balto. Co
From: "'Andrew Clemens' via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 14:45:50 +0000 (UTC)
Oops.  Refind!  Damn phone

Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android 
 
 On Wed, Aug 24, 2016 at 10:42 AM, 'Andrew Clemens' via Maryland & DC 
Birding wrote: The bird was not photographed 
yesterday but on Monday.  Jimmy and I were both there yesterday and did not 
refund the bird. 

Andy

Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android 
 
 On Wed, Aug 24, 2016 at 9:42 AM, Tim Carney wrote: Jimmy 
Rode photographed a TRKI/COKI on the Black Marsh Trail at North Point SP 
yesterday. It was on a snag. I don't know any other details. It hasn't been 
relocated this morning...yet. 


Tim Carney
Nottingham, MD

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Subject: Re: Tropical/Couch's Kingbird, Balto. Co
From: "'Andrew Clemens' via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 14:42:51 +0000 (UTC)
The bird was not photographed yesterday but on Monday.  Jimmy and I were both 
there yesterday and did not refund the bird. 

Andy

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 On Wed, Aug 24, 2016 at 9:42 AM, Tim Carney wrote: Jimmy 
Rode photographed a TRKI/COKI on the Black Marsh Trail at North Point SP 
yesterday. It was on a snag. I don't know any other details. It hasn't been 
relocated this morning...yet. 


Tim Carney
Nottingham, MD

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Subject: Tropical/Couch's Kingbird, Balto. Co
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 09:42:47 -0400
Jimmy Rode photographed a TRKI/COKI on the Black Marsh Trail at North Point SP 
yesterday. It was on a snag. I don't know any other details. It hasn't been 
relocated this morning...yet. 


Tim Carney
Nottingham, MD

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Subject: Backyard Hawkwatch
From: Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 21:21:30 -0400
08/22/16 – 10am-230pm

Hilltop Ridge - hawkwatch site near my former backyard hawkwatch,
Baltimore, MD



WEATHER: PC, 75-80 degrees, NNW 11 mph- NW 10 mph   OBS: 2

Black Vulture – 5 (migrants)

Turkey Vulture – 10 (migrants)

Osprey – 2 (migrants)

Bald Eagle – 3 (Migrants)

Sharp-shinned Hawk – 1 (migrants)

Cooper’s Hawk – 1 (migrants)

Red-shouldered Hawk – 1 (migrants)

Broad-winged Hawk – 5 (migrants)

Red-tailed Hawk – 5 (4 migrants, one hunting)

American Kestrel – 3 (migrants)

Caspian Tern – 1 (migrants, flyby WSW)

Rock Pigeon – 3

Mourning Dove – 6

Chimney Swift – 26 (at least 10 are migrating, formed kettle high up and
headed S)

Yellow-billed Cuckoo – 1 (migrants, flyby)

Downy Woodpecker – 1

Great Crested Flycatcher – 1

Eastern Kingbird – 1

American Crow – 1

Purple Martin – 4 (migrants)

N Rough-winged Swallow – 2 (migrants)

Tree Swallow – 6 (migrants)

Cliff Swallow – 1 (migrants)

Barn Swallow – 8 (migrants)

Swallow Sp – 1

Carolina Chickadee – 1

Tufted Titmouse – 3

Carolina Wren – 1

American Robin – 3

Gray Catbird – 2

Northern Mockingbird – 2

European Starling – 3

American Redstart – 1

Northern Cardinal – 5

Blue Grosbeak – 1 (migrants, male flyby, calling)

Red-winged Blackbird – 1 (migrants, male flyby, calling)

Common Grackle – 13

Baltimore Oriole – 2 (one migrants, flyby)

House Finch – 1

American Goldfinch – 2

House Sparrow – 6

SPECIES: 40   INDIVIDUALS: 145


MAMMALS: Gray Squirrel - 5


BUTTERFLIES

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail - 4

Monarch - 5 (migrants)



RAPTORS BY HOURS

 10 – 11:  3 BV, 3 TV, 1 OS, 1 BW, 1 RT

 11 – 12:  1 BW, 1 AK

 12 – 1:    3 TV, 1 BE, 1 BW, 1 RT

   1 – 2:    1 BV, 3 TV, 1 OS, 2 BE, 1 SS, 1 CH, 1 RS, 1 BW, 1 RT, 2 AK

2 – 230:   1 BV, 1 TV, 1 BW, 1 RT



Later in evening, went to Orioles game w/ Nancy O'Hara and we had 3
nighthawks hawking insects at 814pm, 853pm, 912pm.


    Kevin Graff
    Jarrettsville, MD
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Subject: Least Bittern--Dorchester County, 8/23/16
From: Jim Brighton <jimbrighton3 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 21:13:31 -0400
This evening Jared Satchell and I had a calling Least Bittern in the marshes 
along the Chicamacomico River in Dorchester County on Griffith Neck Road just 
south of Drawbridge Road. There were also calling Bobolinks flying over at the 
same spot. 


Jim Brighton
Easton, MD
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Subject: Great resource for birders
From: Patricia Wood <pwood AT capaccess.org>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 17:59:40 -0700 (PDT)
Ever think it might be nice to try out say the Crossley Raptors guide for a few 
weeks before deciding to buy it? Or that it would be great to have a couple of 
field guides to take to Costa Rica with you, but would rather not buy but one? 
If you live anywhere near DC, the Martin Luther King Library can help you out. 
I work there, and wanted to let everyone know that we have a collection of bird 
guides, and books about birds, that is downright amazing. 


Field guides to countries as far off as Australia, or as close as Cuba, the 
various Crossley guides and other US guides to id, plus many books about birds 
and birders (The Big Year included, of course.) You can keep them out for 2 or 
3 months, if nobody puts in a request for the book. 


Anyone who lives/works in the Metro area--PG County, Montgomery County (and 
Fairfax etc.), as well as in DC itself, can get a card and check things out. 
And if it isn't easy for you to get to 9th and G where MLK Library is (near the 
Verizon Center), you can reserve a book online or by phone (call 202-727-1251) 
and have it sent to one of our branches, anywhere in the city. 


If you're interested in this resource, you should know that it will vanish 
starting probably next March or April when MLK closes for 3 years of renovation 
UNLESS before then enough of these books get checked out and used to show they 
should be kept available in the new library, and even distributed to our 
branches for use during the time MLK is closed. 


Now's the time to vote for libraries having bird books by checking some out in 
the next few months while decisions are being made on the future collection. I 
think you'll enjoy looking over what we have now! 


Patricia Wood
Silver Spring

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Subject: Swan Creek update
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 17:15:10 -0400
Hi all, 

We were the last birders to leave Swan Creek, at a little after 3 pm. The 
Red-necked and one of the Wilson's Phalaropes were still swimming in the North 
Cell, seemingly together, giving a nice contrast. The Black Tern was also much 
in evidence, flying about and also, resting for a while on a mud flat. Also 
around were the 6 Avocets but unfortunately, none of us there in mid-afternoon 
could relocate the Baird's Sandpipers that had been reported earlier today to 
eBird. A Sanderling was seen along the West Bank. Many peeps were distant and 
hard to ID in the heat haze. 


Gail Mackiernan and Barry Cooper
Colesville, MD

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Subject: Re: American Avocets near Wilson Bridge
From: "'MikeBowen' via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 12:57:13 -0700 (PDT)
On Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at 11:44:52 AM UTC-4, MikeBowen wrote:
> 4 in basic plumage flying South landed on hydrilla may. 11:15 a.m. on 8/23.
> 
> 
> Sent from my iPhone

"hydrilla may"  should of course say "hydrilla mat."

In answer to several off-line queries: the place where the avocets landed was 
close enough to the Wilson Bridge to be in Prince George's County rather than 
the District of Columbia. As many birders know, the borders between DC, PG 
County and Alexandria, VA, are kind of interesting in this area. Google Maps 
shows them very well. 


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Subject: Rock Creek Park, Tuesday 8/23/16
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace AT kornack.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 12:32:54 -0400
This morning (8/23) at Rock Creek Park……

Fellow birders where frustrated by not being able to identify numerous birds 
flying to the tops of distant trees, heavy with leaves. 


Warblers seen:  Black-and-white, American Redstart, Black-throated Blue, Canada

——Equitation Field    (Jim)
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart

——Fence Line   (Bill)
Ruby-throated Hummingbird     2
Blue Jay  
Carolina Chickadee  
Tufted Titmouse  
White-breasted Nuthatch  
Carolina Wren  

——Maintenance Yard
Black-and-white Warbler  
American Redstart  
Black-throated Blue Warbler   (male)
Canada Warbler     (Joshua)
Mourning Dove      4
Chimney Swift  1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird     3
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker     4
Northern Flicker     2
Great Crested Flycatcher     2
Blue Jay     4
American Crow     2
Carolina Chickadee     5
White-breasted Nuthatch     2
Carolina Wren     3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher     3
American Robin     6
Baltimore Oriole     2

Contributors: Bill Butler, Leon Kass, Jim Lemert, Katharine Kravetz, Tucker 
Scully, Lee Kimball, Tom Eck, Joshua Heiser, Matt Cohen 


Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington  DC

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Subject: Blue Mash Nature Trail -- Aug 23, 2016
From: john pangborn <pangborn.john19 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 09:07:40 -0700
41 Canada Goose
23 Mallard
1 Great Blue Heron
1 Red-tailed Hawk
2 Least Sandpiper
1 Mourning Dove
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)
1 Empidonax sp.
1 Great Crested Flycatcher
2 Red-eyed Vireo
7 Blue Jay
3 Carolina Chickadee
1 White-breasted Nuthatch
2 Carolina Wren
3 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
3 Gray Catbird
4 Northern Mockingbird
4 Field Sparrow
1 Northern Cardinal
6 American Goldfinch
1 House Sparrow

Number of Taxa: 22

John pangborn
Gaithersburg md
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Subject: American Avocets near Wilson Bridge
From: "'Michael Bowen' via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 11:44:47 -0400
4 in basic plumage flying South landed on hydrilla may. 11:15 a.m. on 8/23.


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Subject: Summer Tanager and other migrants @ Wheaton Regional Park today
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 11:11:42 -0400
Hi all,

Quite an influx of the larger migrants today (one tree with a dozen Blue Jays 
in it, tons of Batlimore Orioles, increase in Catbirds and Flickers, etc.) but 
where are the warblers? We had one each of five species, best a nice 
Blue-winged in Brookside Gardens, but very slim pickings overall. (No sign of 
yesterday's Blackburnians and Canadas...) 

Best bird was a young male Summer Tanager along Pine Lake; it arrived with an 
influx of Robins and Orioles that flew in across the lake from the east, most 
landing in the many fruiting vines. The Tanager preferred to stay near the top 
of several tulip poplars, but some of us managed decent looks. Not a common 
bird at WRP. There was a immaculate Veery in the same vines, showing well. 


Gail Mackiernan and Barry Cooper
Colesville, MD

Wheaton Regional Park and Brookside Gardens, Montgomery, Maryland, US
Aug 23, 2016 7:00 AM - 9:45 AM
Protocol: Traveling
38 species (+1 other taxa)
Birds of interest:

Wood Duck  5
Red-shouldered Hawk  2
Red-tailed Hawk  1 fly-over
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  2
Belted Kingfisher  1
Northern Flicker  12
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Eastern Wood-Pewee  5
Red-eyed Vireo  6
Blue Jay  18
House Wren  1
Veery  1
Wood Thrush  1
American Robin  25
Gray Catbird  15
Blue-winged Warbler  1
Black-and-white Warbler  1
American Redstart  1
Magnolia Warbler  1
Chestnut-sided Warbler  1
Chipping Sparrow  1
Summer Tanager 1 By Pine Lake; young male, mostly overall bright yellow- orange 
with red center streak on breast and small patches around head; large yellowish 
bill 

Baltimore Oriole  15     Conservative estimate

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31210665

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Subject: Fwd: DC Area, 8/23/2016
From: Lydia Schindler <lydia13621 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 10:46:26 -0400
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From: Steve Cordle 
Date: Tue, Aug 23, 2016 at 10:22 AM
Subject: DC Area, 8/23/2016
To: BIRDEAST AT listserv.ksu.edu


Hotline:     Voice of the Naturalist
Date:        8/23/2016
Coverage:    MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments and questions: voice AT anshome.org
Compiler:    Joe Coleman
Sponsor:     Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central
               Atlantic States (independent of NAS)
Transcriber: Steve Cordle

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address is 8940 Jones Mill Road, Chevy Chase, MD 20815; and the web
site is http://www.AudubonNaturalist.org.

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon
Naturalist Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday, Aug
16 and was completed on Tuesday, Aug 23 at 9:30 a.m.

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

Top birds this week were WHITE-CHEEKED PINTAIL* in VA, BLACK-CAPPED
PETREL* in VA, WHITE-FACED STORM-PETREL* in VA, BAND-RUMPED
STORM-PETREL* in DE and MD, and MASKED BOOBY* in DE and MD.

Other birds of interest this week included waterfowl, COMMON
NIGHTHAWK, SANDHILL CRANE, AMERICAN AVOCET, shorebirds, gulls, terns
including BRIDLED, CORY'S SHEARWATER, SOOTY SHEARWATER, GREAT
SHEARWATER, AUDUBON'S SHEARWATER, LEACH'S STORM-PETREL, BAND-RUMPED
STORM-PETREL, herons, WHITE IBIS, MISSISSIPPI KITE, flycatchers,
PURPLE MARTIN, warblers, VESPER SPARROW, and DICKCISSEL

TOP BIRDS

A WHITE-CHEEKED PINTAIL* was seen Aug 16 in the Shoveler Pool on the
Wildlife Loop at Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA. Its provenance is
unknown and could be an escapee as it had a red band on its left leg.

Several exciting sightings were made during two pelagic trips this
past week:

-       Among the birds seen on a pelagic trip east of the Norfolk
Canyon, Northampton Co, VA on Aug 20 were 3 BLACK-CAPPED PETRELS*, 1
SOOTY SHEARWATER and 1 WHITE-FACED STORM-PETREL*.

-       A MASKED BOOBY* was among the species seen on a pelagic trip
in DE and MD waters on Aug 20 and 21. Other birds seen on this trip
were 8 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES in DE and MD, a POMARINE JAEGER in DE and
MD, BRIDLED TERN in DE and MD, CORY'S SHEARWATERS in DE and MD, a
GREAT SHEARWATER in DE and 3 in MD, AUDUBON'S SHEARWATERS in DE and
MD, LEACH'S STORM-PETRELS in DE and MD, and BAND-RUMPED STORM-PETRELS*
in DE and MD.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

The TRUMPETER SWAN at the storm water pond on the east side of the
Broken Land Parkway exit off Rte 29 in Howard Co, MD, was seen through
the 23rd.

Small numbers of out-of-season ducks continued to be seen in the area
during the past week. NORTHERN SHOVELERS (32), REDHEAD, GREATER SCAUP,
BLACK SCOTER, SURF SCOTER (13), and a LONG-TAILED DUCK were among the
ducks seen at Poplar Island, Talbot Co, MD on Aug 16. A NORTHERN
SHOVELER was seen Aug 18 from the Belle Haven Picnic Area, Fairfax
Co., VA. Another REDHEAD was seen on private property on Aug 21 in
King George Co, VA. The COMMON GOLDENEYE at the Berlin Treated
Effluent Irrigation Facility B, Worcester  Co, MD was seen again on
Aug 16.

Migrating COMMON NIGHTHAWKS are beginning to turn up in the area with
7 at the Air Force Memorial in Arlington, VA on Aug 20 and singles at
a small number of other locations.

The two continuing SANDHILL CRANES along Kiddsville Road near
Fishersville, Augusta Co, VA were seen throughout the week.

Thirty-two BLACK-NECKED STILTS, 71 AMERICAN AVOCETS, and a
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER were among the many shorebirds birds seen Aug
16 at Poplar Island, Talbot Co, MD. AMERICAN AVOCETS were seen in
various numbers throughout the week at Swan Creek Dredge Containment
Facility, Anne Arundel  Co, MD. Two AMERICAN AVOCETS were also seen
Aug 17 at Swift Creek Reservoir, Chesterfield Co, VA.

The highlights of the 9,094 individuals seen during the weekly
Chincoteague NWR (Accomack Co, VA) Shorebird/Gull survey on Aug 19
were a WILSON'S PLOVER, 54 PIPING PLOVERS, 45 WHIMBRELS, and 16 RED
KNOTS.

Two AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS were seen Aug 21 at Skimmer Island, Ocean
City, Worcester Co, MD.

A HUDSONIAN GODWIT was at Craney Island Disposal Area, Portsmouth, VA
on Aug 18. On Aug 21 two MARBLED GODWIT were at Hog Island WMA, Surry
Co, VA. A STILT SANDPIPER was seen Aug 19, 20 and 21 at a pond along
Oakwood Rd, Rockingham Co, VA. Five SANDERLINGS were seen flying
downriver along the Alexandria (VA) waterfront on Aug 21. BAIRD'S
SANDPIPERS also turned up at the Swan Creek Facility during the week
with a high of 5 on Aug 19. A BAIRD'S SANDPIPER was seen Aug 17 along
Prime Hook Beach Rd, Sussex Co, DE. A BAIRD'S SANDPIPER was seen Aug
20 at Paper Mill Flats, Baltimore Co. A BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was at
Pemberton Manor, Queen Anne's Co, MD on the 17th. A WILLET (Western)
was seen at Swan Creek Aug 17. On Aug 16 four WILSON'S PHALAROPES were
photographed at the Swan Creek Dredge Containment Facility, Anne
Arundel Co, MD; while the numbers seen varied, they were there
throughout the week. Both a WILSON'S PHALAROPE and a RED-NECKED
PHALAROPE were seen Aug 16 at Poplar Island, Talbot Co, MD.

One GULL-BILLED TERN was seen at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent  Co, DE, on
August 21. One to two GULL-BILLED TERNS were seen at Prime Hook NWR,
Sussex Co, DE on Aug 20 and 21. BLACK TERNS were seen in a number of
locations throughout the week. Very large numbers were seen on Aug 21
with 23 flying over the Potomac off of the Washington Sailing Marina,
Alexandria, VA, 68 seen from the Loch Raven Point, Baltimore Co, MD,
and as many as 125 seen from Lapidum, Cecil Co, MD.

Two TRICOLORED HERONS were at Poplar Island on Aug 16.

WHITE IBIS sightings in Delaware included 40 on the pelagic trip; 3 at
Prime Hook NWR, Prime Hook Beach Road, Sussex  Co, DE on August 16; 4
at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co on the 17th and 5 there on the 20th; 4 on
Aug 20 at Burton's Island, Delaware Seashore SP, Sussex Co; and 48
from the Lewes Marina, Sussex Co. A WHITE IBIS was seen Aug 21 at
Windsor Castle Park, Isle of Wight Co, VA.

One to five MISSISSIPPI KITES were at Lee and Quincy, north of Lee
Highway in Arlington on August 10. MISSISSIPPI KITES continued to be
seen feeding a juvenile at 17th and Utah in North Arlington, with
sightings throughout the week. A MISSISSIPPI KITE was seen Aug 16
flying over Fry's Spring Beach Club, Charlottesville, VA. Three
MISSISSIPPI KITES were seen Aug 20 along Dumfries Rd, Fauquier Co, VA.

An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was seen Aug 17 at the Beltsville
Agricultural Research Center, Prince George's Co, MD. Another was seen
Aug 18 at Pennyfield Lock, C&O Canal, Montgomery Co, MD. A
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen and heard Aug 17 at North Point SP,
Baltimore, MD. A couple of LEAST FLYCATCHERS were seen this past week
with 1 at Leesylvania SP, Prince William Co, VA on the 20th and
another on Aug 22 at Brookside Gardens, Montgomery Co, MD.

A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen Aug 22 at Cromwell Valley Park,
Baltimore Co, MD.

An estimated 10,000+ PURPLE MARTINS were seen congregating the
evenings of Aug 18 and 20 in the trees by the Walmart and adjacent
Home Depot along Pleasant Valley Road in Winchester, Frederick Co, VA.
Warbler numbers, while still low, began to pick up this past week
especially after the cold front went through Sunday evening. A
GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER was seen Aug 20 at Pocosin Cabin, Shenandoah NP,
Greene Co, VA.

A VESPER SPARROW was seen Aug 17 at the Beltsville Agricultural
Research Center, Prince George's Co, MD.

A DICKCISSEL continued to be seen along Fowler Beach Rd at the Prime
Hook NWR with the most recent sighting on Aug 20.

***

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

The Audubon Sanctuary Shop (301-652-3606, http://anshome.org/shop) is
an excellent source for guidebooks and many other nature-related
titles.

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

Thank you for your interest, and enjoy the birds.

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Subject: Red-necked Phalarope at Swan Creek
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 09:14:55 -0400
North cell. Still working through the birds. Lots of shorebirds. Black Tern was 
here at first light but I can't relocate it now. 


Site is open until 3:30. 

Tim Carney
Nottingham, MD

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Subject: Lodging in Lewes area
From: Marcy Stutzman <marciastutzman AT netscape.net>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 04:38:05 -0700 (PDT)
MD Birders,

Many birders stay overnight in the Lewes area when going on pelagic trips. I 
know some recommendations have been made on where to stay. Would you email me 
privately with your suggestions? 


Thank you,

Marcy Stutzman
Russett, MD 20724

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Subject: 23 Black Terns on the DC Potomac
From: Art Drauglis <lwsyrup AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2016 15:56:32 -0700 (PDT)
I was able to (finally) get one adult Black Tern from the pier at Founders Park 
in Alexandria today. It was a much better spot than Jones Point for me. 


"Halcyon Hydrilla Days"! That brings back some memories! I saw them open for 
The Dismemberment Plan at the old 9:30 Club. Terrible show. Just terrible. I 
think they broke up after that. 


Art D.
W. DC

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Subject: Black Terns at Conowingo (Harford Co.)
From: Mark Johnson <mj3151 AT outlook.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2016 16:31:55 -0400
There are at least two Black Terns still hanging around below the dam from 
yesterday's fallout. They were feeding just south of the island around the 
rocky area that is also covered with gulls right now. If you drive to the 
bottom of the hill and park straight ahead, to the right of the boat ramp, the 
birds are actively feeding, flying wide loops below the island, crossing back 
and forth from Harford to Cecil. You can pick them out with binoculars but a 
scope will give you much better views. They were there when I left at 3:45 PM. 

 
Mark Johnson
Aberdeen
 		 	   		  

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Subject: Philly, warblers--Cromwell, 8/22/16
From: Tim Houghton <timhoughton AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2016 17:43:03 +0000 (UTC)
Best bird was a bright Philadelphia Vireo (PHVI). Very little activity along 
the creek--but some nice pockets around hawk watch and along trails higher up. 


Warblers today: 

Blue-Winged (1) 
Yellowthroat (2) 
Redstart (6) 
Parula (2) 
Magnolia (4) 
Yellow (1) 
Chestnut-Sided (7) 
Canada (1) 

You might keep an eye out for a very tame chipping sparrow the first part of 
the bluebird box trail. A few day a ago, it followed a couple of us from just 
past the "sparrow" field to a little beyond box 9. I thought of that weird tame 
robin at the end of the David Lynch movie Blue Velvet . The mourning warbler 
found on the 13th stuck around through the 16th. Hopefully more of them soon. 


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31199627 . 

Tim Houghton 
(Glen Arm) 


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Subject: BLACK TERN at Swan Creek
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2016 08:30:11 -0700 (PDT)
Ryan Johnson just texted that there is a BLACK TERN at Swan Creek. It is 
occasionally skim-feeding along the flats but usually hiding in the Caspian 
Tern flock. 


Also 6 American Avocets, 4 Wilson's Phalaropes, 3 Baird's Sandpipers.

Tim Carney
Nottingham, 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, 7:30 
a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Please be in your car and leaving at 3:30 p.m.. Remember to 
always sign in at the office, to be on your best behavior (people have worked 
hard to coordinate this access), and to stick to permitted areas. This Swan 
Creek map linked here details where you are and aren't allowed to walk. 
http://www.billhubick.com/docs/swan_creek_map.jpg. *** 


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Subject: Wheaton Regional Park today
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2016 11:22:29 -0400
Hi all,

Nice cold front but the morning started off unexpectedly slowly - and without 
the usual horde of Robins, Flickers and Blue Jays that herald a strong 
migratory flight here. In fact, some good birds of yesterday had apparently 
fled the scene. However after about an hour of seeing little, we ran into a 
nice warbler flock and we and other birders enjoyed it for while until it 
slipped away. Great to see our FOS Blackburnians! Quite a few Baltimore Orioles 
and Wood-pewees about as well. By 9:30 it was starting to get breezy, so we 
zipped over to Brookside Nature center and found a few more birds in the native 
plant garden, including a FOS Least Flycatcher foraging low in the shrubbery. 
We had 6 species of warbler but dipped on the Yellowthroats seen by others. Oh 
well...Hopefully tomorrow will also be good! 


Gail Mackiernan and Barry Cooper
Colesville, Md

Wheaton Regional Park and Brookside Gardens, Montgomery, Maryland, US
Aug 22, 2016 7:05 AM - 10:05 AM

41 species (+3 other taxa)
Birds of interest:

Wood Duck  3
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Chimney Swift  4
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  4
Belted Kingfisher  1
Northern Flicker  8
Eastern Wood-Pewee  10
Acadian Flycatcher  1
Alder/Willow Flycatcher (Traill's Flycatcher)  1
Least Flycatcher  1     Native plant garden, Brookside, FOS
Empidonax sp.  1
Red-eyed Vireo  1
Tree Swallow  1
Barn Swallow  4     Gude Gardens
House Wren  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  5
American Robin  12
Gray Catbird  8
Blue-winged Warbler  1
Black-and-white Warbler  3
American Redstart  7
Blackburnian Warbler  5     FOS
Chestnut-sided Warbler  3
Canada Warbler  3
Eastern Towhee  1
Baltimore Oriole  7

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Subject: Maryland Eastern Shore weekend birding trip. Sorry for the long post, had a lot to talk about!
From: Hugh David Fleischmann <david AT macappraisals.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2016 10:37:45 -0400
> 
> So this weekend myself and Randy Kimmett planned a birding trip around the 
Eastern Shore of Maryland. It was fantastic, perfect, better than I could've 
hoped for. Starting with Saturday we were joined with Frank Merenghi and his 
lovely girlfriend Jennifer Dwyer, they are amazing people, sweet as can be, and 
knowledgeable as heck, and we had a great time together. Thank you guys! On 
Saturday I got four desired birds. We met at 6 AM at Scott's Landing Road in 
Berlin and had our first lifer of the day, SaltMarsh Sparrow, by 6:05 AM. And a 
truly amazing sunrise to boot. In addition we were able to tally; White Ibis 
and Black Skimmer, which were both needed in Maryland. Then off to Assateague 
to take my second multi-mile hike in the torturous cooking sand to search for 
the elusive Piping Plover. 2 miles later, success. Last time was 6 miles with 
no success, so I truly earned the Piping Plover. Saturday was a fairly quick 
paced day and most of our objectives were met and it was a great time. It was a 
long day we started at 6 AM and ended at 5 PM with I believe nine or 10 
different stops. It was slightly disturbing that at the end of the day around 4 
PM, when we stopped at Skimmer Island, there were 40+ boats, and several 
hundred people on all the islands, all around Skimmer. And Skimmer Island 
itself had a guy walking his dog, flushing all of the birds, as he and his dog 
traversed Skimmer. Had there been a boat close by, I would've called DNR, but 
they apparently walked on low tide directly to Skimmer from the boating island, 
so I had no boat ID # to report. Totally ignorant people that apparently can't 
read. 😬😠 

> 
> Sunday was just as amazing and Jeff Shenot joined Randy and myself. I have 
known Jeff for a couple years and is just a great guy. He enjoys birding so 
much it exudes his every pore. Very easy to get along with and oh so 
determined. We started Sunday at 7 AM at Skimmer island and had lifer Sandwich 
Tern by 7:05 AM. Then it was off to Assateague, but after a 2 mile walk in the 
hot sand yesterday, we (I) chose not to walk much on the beach today, LOL. So 
scanning from the edge of the boardwalk, we got our second lifer of the day and 
forth total for two days, which was Whimbrel. We had four separate Whimbrels 
flying due South, several hundred yards offshore, and were able to get photo ID 
for documentation purposes, and that was pretty tough. And we did not miss out 
on the Black Tern irruption that occurred, throughout most of Maryland's inland 
and coastal waterways. We had 7 hawking directly off shore for 20 minutes of 
viewing. Jeff had mentioned that Cape May had a huge irruption of Black Terns 
and they were coming this way. I dont even think Jeff could have anticipated 
the vast numbers and locations they occurred. Actually Jeff probably expected 
this exactly, LOL. But we're not done yet, we ended up getting Black-Necked 
Stilts in Somerset County at Deal Island, Green Dumpster Rd. They were our 
seventh new bird and a MD lifer. And were literally next to the road. I don't 
know if any of you have ever been to Deal Island, Green Dumpster Road, but it 
is massive and the Stilts could've been anywhere. We are so lucky that they 
were literally 20 feet from the drive right in front of us. It was crazy luck! 
We had shorebirds everywhere. Western, White-rumped and many other peeps and 
shorebirds. Egrets were just about everywhere you turned around, it was pretty 
crazy. And then added my 8th MD year bird with a flushed American Bittern. Doc 
photo below. Thank you Jeff. 

> 
> This location is now my favorite spot in all of Maryland. It is one of the 
coolest habitats I have ever personally been too. It's hard to explain but it 
is a huge water conservation marsh with channels of water that were man-made to 
allow the water to get all through the entire marsh. It is like a giant maze of 
water and grasses that stretch on forever. I highly recommend this spot. 

> 
> We were searching many fields on the way towards the bay bridge looking for 
Upland Sandpiper. As we got to our most hopeful location, hurricane Sunday 
afternoon opened up on us. We had some torrential downpours for about an hour 
driving to the bay bridge which was a bottlenecked mess for about 15 miles. But 
you still couldn't take the smile off my face after this great weekend, even 
with all the traffic. 

> 
> So 8 MD year birds with 4 lifers. I can't complain about that. I now have 308 
Maryland lifetime birds which puts me around 90th in the state ever. Please 
someone pinch me so I can wake up from this dream! Lets not even talk about 
this year. Can I see 300 birds in MD and 500 total in USA, this year? There I 
said it. I have some serious goals this year. I want to be in top 75-100 
birders in the USA for the year. I will need at least 475 birds. I am at 326 
with an Arizona trip Thursday and Texas trip in the planning stages for 
Novenber. As i have hever been west of the Mississippi, I think my chances are 
pretty good. 😎😀 

> 
> And since us birders are greedy when it cones to birds, I am sick I did not 
go on the Lewes/MD Paulagics trip! They had the first Maryland state record of 
Masked Booby. WOW! And Bridled Tern. Oh well! Congrats to the participants. 

> 
> And thanks to Dr. James Gibson of World Oceans for helping me put this 
weekend excursion together. Pictures will be posted in Facebook soon. 

> 
> Arizona, here I come.  3 days.....
> 
> Amazing Birding in 2016!
> 
> Awesome Birding in 2016!
> 
> Hugh David Fleischmann
> 410-598-9292
> david AT macappraisals.com

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Subject: Eastern Shore Weekend Trip-Long Post. Sorry, had alot to share.
From: Hugh David Fleischmann <david AT macappraisals.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2016 10:06:50 -0400




Subject: migrants @ Rocky Gorge
From: "Derek C. Richardson" <dcr AT astro.umd.edu>
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2016 09:46:28 -0400 (EDT)
Migrants on Supplee Lane near the Rocky Gorge reservoir (PG County) this 
morning included WHITE-EYED VIREO, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, BLACK-AND-WHITE 
WARBLER, AMERICAN REDSTART, and CANADA WARBLER.  I had to stay local 
today, but I bet the hot spots were active!

D

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Subject: August Pied-Billed Grebe at Triadelphia / recently at Lake Kittamaqundi in Columbia
From: Clayton Koonce <cg.koonce AT verizon.net>
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2016 06:44:00 -0700 (PDT)
I went to Brighton Dam at Triadelphia Reservoir on Friday (August 19) to look 
for the Forster's terns. Apparently I missed them, but while I was walking up 
and down the sidewalk on the dam I spotted a pied-billed grebe close to the 
Howard County shore. Photographed and entered in eBird. I recall that until 
last year, this bird would have been considered a rare bird in this area after 
March or April, but people started seeing them later into the summer. I had one 
on Lake Kittamaqundi in Columbia last May, and someone reported one in July. 
The species now appears on the year-round list in eBird. It was still a nice 
surprise to find one in August. 



Lately at Lake Kittamaqundi where I live, in Columbia, Howard County:

-- A single Caspian tern has been hanging around, last seen yesterday morning. 
It usually shows up every spring and then in the late summer or early fall. 


-- The great egret which usually shows up late in the summer apparently arrived 
some time around the July 30/31 flooding (which devastated Ellicott City but 
certainly left its mark on Kittamaqundi). This year, I saw it rather 
consistently on my walks around the lake after its arrival, but I have not seen 
it for a couple of days now. 


-- I've been seeing green herons more often this year. I'm aware of the known 
nest site on nearby Wilde Lake and that there was a brood there this summer. 
One morning last week, I found five green herons around the inlet at the north 
end of Lake Kittamaqundi, plus one on the spillway stream at the south end of 
the lake. I don't know if the five were from a brood raised on Lake K. this 
year or if they are from Wilde Lake or another location. Then on subsequent 
walks, I spotted just one green heron (and none this morning). 


-- An osprey has been fishing at the lake again this summer. I mention it 
because some people are surprised to hear that an osprey would show up at this 
lake, sandwiched between Route 29 and downtown Columbia. Earlier this summer, 
it would carry its catch to a spot out of sight north of the lake. More 
recently, it would remain at the lake and take its catch to a tree on the 
northwest shore. 


-- Great blue herons seem to be doing fine. I have been watching the progress 
of two or three juveniles at different spots around the lake. One has been 
hanging around the spillway stream at the south end. Plus there is an adult 
with splendid full plumage. 


-- There was at least one kingbird nest on the lake this summer, and it 
produced at least one young. Flood debris indicates that the nest likely was in 
the water for a while during the flooding. I don't know if the birds were out 
of the nest before that. Among other flycatchers, I noticed quite a bit of 
great crested activity around the lake this summer. 


 The flood destroyed a snag in the water near the Sheraton which was a popular 
roost for the herons, cormorants and kingfishers. The spot was a great place 
for photo opportunities for these birds. On my latest walks since the snag 
disappeared, I noticed that the birds which used to perch on it now head into 
the trees on the nearby shore and may not be as noticeable from the path. 


 I was alerted to the possibility of recently reported black terns making an 
appearance at Kittamaqundi. I did not see any on this morning's walk, but I'll 
look again later today. 


Clayton Koonce
Columbia, Maryland
member, Howard County Bird Club 

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Subject: Re: Pelagic trip Aug. 20-21 - good time of year?
From: walterscottyoung AT gmail.com
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2016 05:30:33 -0700 (PDT)
Thanks for the encouragements. I had a great time and Paul and his "mates" were 
very helpful for us neophytes. I can't wait to see the final eBird tallies. I 
now have also added my second species of booby to my "Maryland" list! (you'll 
have to wait until officially entered with photos, I suggest). 


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Subject: Re: 23 Black Terns on the DC Potomac
From: Mark Rositol <mrositol510 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2016 18:19:44 -0700 (PDT)
Add a Semipalmated Sandpiper(DC bird) to the list tonight. Also, I counted 18 
Black Terns(highest count at one time) this evening from Founders Park. And 
that was a lazy count. They were hanging close to the Woodrow Wilson bridge in 
MD at first, but eventually crossed into DC. I personally think the high count 
will be crushed in the next few days. It is a bit of a chore when they are 
moving back and forth over the border. I added 4 new DC species this evening. 


The Snowy Egret was relocated and seen in both DC and PG County. This is a 
perfect spot for birding for Maryland and DC at the same time. I would like to 
see some more of the MD birders/listers get down here. As I think there will be 
some rarities stopping by with the extensive hydrilla mats. This could be a 
great opportunity to pick up some PG County and District birds. And Fairfax and 
Alexandria birds as well. You may want to check Google Earth before you come. 

 
M Rositol
Fort Washington, MD

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Subject: Nighthawk over DC
From: Mike Mangiaracina <mike.mangiaracina AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2016 17:09:01 -0700 (PDT)
Just saw my FOS common nighthawk over Capitol Hill.

Mike Mangiaracina
Washington, DC

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Subject: Terns and Turkeys: Horsehead, Egypt Rd, Blackwater
From: Karen Caruso <karen.caruso AT verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2016 15:44:29 -0700 (PDT)
Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center (Horsehead), Queen Anne's, Maryland, US
Aug 21, 2016 8:20 AM - 9:20 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
12 species

Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  2
Snowy Egret  15     Actual count
Green Heron  1
Black Vulture  4
Osprey  1
Carolina Chickadee  1
Northern Mockingbird  6
Chipping Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  6
Red-winged Blackbird  12
Common Grackle  26

Egypt Road, Dorchester, Maryland, US
Aug 21, 2016 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
6.0 mile(s)
10 species

Wild Turkey  13
Turkey Vulture  3
Mourning Dove  2
Eastern Kingbird  1
Purple Martin  5
Tree Swallow  21
Barn Swallow  3
Chipping Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  2
Red-winged Blackbird  12

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Dorchester, Maryland, US
Aug 21, 2016 10:45 AM - 12:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
6.0 mile(s)
6 species

Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  2
Osprey  3
Bald Eagle  2
Forster's Tern  15
Red-headed Woodpecker  2

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Subject: Adam I., Blackwater, Ferry Neck, August 14-18, 2016. mysterious vocalization.
From: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2016 20:54:38 +0000
ADAM ISLAND, BLACKWATER N.W.R., FERRY NECK, AUGUST 14-18, 2016. MYSTERIOUS 
VOCALIZATION (Aug. 17) 



AUGUST 14, SUNDAY. EASTON: 2 Killdeer overhead as we await AAA in our 
non-starting car at 97 degrees F. in Waterside Village mall with 
recently-bought ice cream threatening to melt. Arrive at FERRY NECK 4:45, fair, 
SW 10, 95. There is a Carolina Nest with several largish young in the basil 
planter by the back porch. Soy beans, planted c. 1 week ago, are already up 
3-4”. No rain in gauge since August 6. Wild Turkey 3 in Field 4. Four does 
and 1 fawn in F2 along with 2 Rock Pigeons, the latter rarely seen here on the 
ground. In Field 1 a doe and her fawn. Has dried out a lot. The Varmint Pool 
has no water. A small Fowler’s Toad by the front hose. A 6” skink on the 
front porch. Discover the mussels we bought are, horrors, from Chile, not the 
usual ones from Prince Edward Island. 



AUGUST 15, MONDAY. FERRY NECK. Mourning Dove 6, Brown-headed Cowbird c. 55, and 
FOX SQUIRREL 1 (c. 12th property record) in Field 1. From the dock see 31 
bluets (a damselfly) within a radius of c. 75’ at high tide resting on masses 
of floating, dislodged Ruppia maritima. Bald Eagle 4 (in sight simultaneously), 
Cedar Waxwing 4, Ring-billed 2, Herring 1 & Laughing 7 gulls, Royal Tern 2, 
Snowy Egret 1, Great Egret 1, Black Vulture 2, Pileated Woodpecker 1, 
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1, Killdeer 2, Green Heron 3, Great Blue Heron 2, Cattle 
Egret 1, Downy Woodpecker 1, Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1. Even though I’m in 
plain view the Great Egret flies from the other side of the cove and lands near 
me in a hackberry tree. 



NON-AVIAN TAXA: BUTTERFLIES (not many this summer): Red-spotted Purple 4, Tiger 
Swallowtail 1, Monarch 1. Diamondback Terrapin 2. Northern Watersnake 1. In the 
parsley planter are 4 caterpillars (greenish-yellow with black bands), perhaps 
developing Black Swallowtails, which like parsley. A 3” skink. 82-94, fair 
becoming mostly overcast, NW5 or SW5 becoming calm. 



AUGUST 16, TUESDAY. FERRY NECK. Do a watch from the dock 10 A.M. - 12:15 P.M., 
complete list: BARN SWALLOW 204 (2nd highest property count; in definite 
S-bound migration; not many after 11:15), Bank Swallow 3, Purple Martin 20, 
Eastern Kingbird 2 (1 chases 2 Purple Martins), Bald Eagle 2, Forster’s Tern 
2, Royal Tern 2, Laughing Gull 2, Osprey 14, Herring Gull 1, Turkey Vulture 20, 
Black Vulture 4, Green Heron 2, Great Blue Heron 1, Snowy Egret 1, Cedar 
Waxwing 1, Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1, Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1, Chimney Swift 
3, American Crow 3, Blue Jay 2, Red-tailed Hawk 1, Carolina Wren 1, European 
Starling 6, Northern Mockingbird 2, American Goldfinch 3 + Red-spotted Purple 
2. 



Twice there are tight kettles of 6 each of Ospreys. A Wild Turkey at the 
Waterthrush Pond. Three Green Herons for the day, one scolding very much like 
the Gray Squirrel’s rapid chatter. Eastern Cottontail 2, a 6” skink. A Gray 
Squirrel rolling in the dirt/dust on the E side of Field 1. Now I ask you: is 
there no end to the entertaining antics of this, the most iconic of rodents? 
Apparently not and one - at least this one - hopes to witness them all. A doe 
and her fawn in Field 1. Mostly overcast, 80-94, SW15+. 0.3” in the rain 
gauge from rain today in the wee small hours. Good. 



AUGUST 17, WEDNESDAY. RIGBY’S FOLLY: Liz sees a Bald Eagle, 2 Eastern 
Cottontails, and hears 2 Yellow-billed Cuckoos (known as “rain crows”; they 
should be hired by AccuWeather because it does rain later on). Five deer at 
8:17 P.M. in Field 1. I leave at 5:10 A.M. when it is 84 degrees F. 



IN DORCHESTER COUNTY (the rest of these notes). EGYPT ROAD. 60-70 swallows both 
in the AM and PM, mostly Trees and Barns but with 15 or so Purple Martins. 
TODDVILLE: Belted Kingfisher 1. WINGATE: Snapping Turtle by the roadside, 
carapace c. 1’. 



ADAM ISLAND: A foray to band young Brown Pelicans led by Dave Brinker and John 
Weske. Eight others: Amanda Bessler Lisa Buhr, Marion Clement, Nicole Hengst, 
Katie Schober, Tyler Shank, Karin Wuertz-Schaefer, and myself. A coincidence 
there are so many Germanic names. Armistead, since changed, was once a German 
name (Darmstadt). Agencies represented include USDA from Blackwater N.W.R., MD 
DNR & USF&WS. We band 135 pelicans, all that are there, except for one young 
bird with a damaged (not by us) right leg. I didn’t notice for sure but I 
think there are 4 banders today, maybe 4. 



Forty years ago it would have been unusual to have so many women on such an 
outing. Now there are so many women who are naturalists, refuge managers, state 
biologists. That’s good news. I object to women being referred to so often 
these days as females. Hens, cows, pens (female swans), mares, ewes, and any 
number of animals are females (if they are not males). Liz finds the use of the 
term females for women to be so biological. Should we refer to the Olympic men 
winners as the male soccer team, the male track stars, the male swimmers? 
Shouldn’t Hillary, if she wins, be the first woman President? 



Be that as it may, the cormorants have all vacated their nests but some linger 
offshore. They usually nest earlier than pelicans. Since we all are only on the 
N end of Adam I. there is not much chance to see other birds, but I do note: 
American Black Duck 5, Osprey 1, Barn Swallow 2, Canada Goose 3, Greater 
Yellowlegs 2, and some 125 gulls (mostly Herring but some Great Black-backed). 
At one point I estimate 415 flight-capable pelicans in sight simultaneously, 
some probably from elsewhere. 



Not much going on in the (distant) central ridge of Adam I. where there are 7-8 
(mostly dead) Eastern Redcedars. In previous years these have hosted 6-8 Great 
Blue Heron pairs, an Osprey nest, and, at least once, a Bald Eagle nest. 
NON-AVIAN TAXA: Diamondback Terrapin 4, numerous Seaside Dragonlets. We’re on 
the island 9:30 - 11:15. Clear, low 80s, winds NW 20+ becoming SW 10+. Rough 
going going out but a nice following sea on the way back to Crocheron. Our 
landing on the N end is a somewhat precarious, wet one, onto slippery clay with 
waves breaking over that. Low tide 7:22 A.M., high tide 1:19 P.M. (at Holland 
Bar Light). 



Back in June Jim McCann et al. counted 64 pelican nests on Adam I., 14 
cormorant nests. Today I only see perhaps 12 nests with young pelicans too 
small to band. I see one pelican egg, but it has been dislodged from a nest and 
probably isn’t viable. 



CROCHERON, where we launch. Royal Tern 70, unIDd peep (probably Semipalmated 
Sandpipers) 55 (flying off to the E), Cloudless Sulphur 1, Seaside Dragonlet c. 
35. 91 degrees F. at 2 P.M. 



BLACKWATER N.W.R. Quick visit c. 7:15 A.M. and then c. 1:30-2:30. Goes up to 95 
degrees F. unIDd peep 11, Bald Eagle 7, American White Pelican 1 (disabled; I 
think in its 5th year here; they can live up to c. 25 years; nice having this 1 
around to add an otherwise impossible species to the spring and fall counts; 
stick around Big Fella, you compensate nicely for the exterminated Mute Swans, 
but the term used, a euphemism, is that these were “removed”), Semipalmated 
Plover 3, Killdeer 3, Greater Yellowlegs 1, Canada Goose 12, Mallard 10, 
Forster’s Tern 16, Red-headed Woodpecker 1 adults. NON-AVIAN TAXA: a doe and 
2 fawns, Cloudless Sulphur 2, Monarch 3, Eastern Cottontail 1, Painted Turtle 
7, Red-bellied Cooter 1, Black Swallowtail 2, Orange Sulphur 1. The Hibiscus 
with the little pink blossoms are especially prevalent today along Shorter’s 
Wharf Road. Our one along the driveway X Field 4, has 4 large, white blossoms 
and several more budding and on the way. 



MYSTERIOUS VOCALIZATION. Goes on for 10 minutes or so only about 75’ away in 
the midst of a big patch of Olney’s Three-square just N of the Observation 
Site platform. Sounds, roughly, like uhWAAHuh. Every 3 seconds or so. Don’t 
think I’ve ever heard this before. Perhaps it is an unusual call of Least 
Bittern, that I heard once at Cape May one September but have forgotten what it 
sounded like. 



AUGUST 18, THURSDAY. Gray Squirrel 1. In Field 1: Brown-headed Cowbird 115 with 
European Starling 2. Mostly overcast becoming fair, NW 10, 77 at start. A day 
made in Heaven, but we have to leave. 0.85” of rain last night. Good. 
Breakfast at Easton Airport where a cursory look reveals no Upland Sandpipers. 
Perfect growing weather. 



“If you live, a time will come./ I said if you live, a time will come./ When 
the sun will shine and the crops will grow/ And you wont’ think you’ll have 
any trouble no more./ And IF … you live/ Your time will come.” Mose Allison 
from his “cotton sack period”. “Time will come” is sung with a 
desultory, downwards inflection. The more desultory the better. 



the REST OF THIS IS OFF TOPIC:


There are STORMS during this visit on most nights accompanied by thunder and 
lightning, sometimes some rain. The last storm the night of Aug. 17-18 has the 
most impressive thunder and lightning and also a substantial and most welcome 
rain of 0.85”. 



NIGHT OF AUGUST 14: A big cloud off to the NW. Sit at the base of the dock and 
watch it while there is still daylight, notable for intracloud lightning that 
lights up most of the cloud, making it incandescent, not lightning bolts, but 
diffuse lightning (must be a proper meteorological term for this) with 
occasional cloud-to-ground lightning in the far distance. 



Later on under the front porch at dark is a good place to see and hear all of 
this, though there is now less thunder and lightning. At 8:45 a scary, strong 
wind suddenly hits, but no rain. Two cicadas are dislodged from trees, come 
screaming around the house corner and land next to me on the SW living room 
window screen, making an incoming noise like a loud whistle. Startling. Makes 
me jump. Liz, inside the house, even hears them there. Two big flies, an inch 
long, accompany them. During all of this the waxing gibbous moon (to be full in 
3 days) remains unobscured. Temperature goes down from 92 to 86. 



NIGHT OF AUGUST 15. Sit out on the front porch again. Like a moth to the flame, 
I am drawn to extreme weather here, in the past making trips just for the 
purpose of being on hand for blizzards, passing remains of hurricanes, and the 
like. In this connection, over the years, I have witnessed here comets, the 
aurora borealis, meteors, satellites, floods, droughts, the highest tide in 
history (and the lowest), hail storms, Hurricane Sandy, Hurricane Isabel, 
innumerable rainbows (including a double one once), a small water spout, the 
Chesapeake frozen to the limit of visibility, eclipses, and, a white Cow-nosed 
Ray (Moby Ray). But … tonight: 



8:25 - 9:15 P.M. Big thunder and lightning again, with those diffuse, 
incandescent clouds, some 2 miles to the east, others to the N, as well as way 
to the W, perhaps over the open Bay, the Choptank River mouth, and/or even the 
western shore, big, impressive lightning shows. See perhaps the last firefly of 
the season, and only one this visit. Slowly the storm system works its way 
south. What my mother used to call an “electric storm”. No rain … a big 
tease, but fun to watch and listen. However, the next day there is 0.3” in 
the dock rain gauge, rain that I missed noticing in the wee small hours. Calm. 
No noxious bugs. 



NIGHT OF AUGUST 17-18. I miss most of this storm but witness some of it from 
our bed. Bigger thunder and lightning than the other 2 storms. 0.85” in the 
rain gauge in the morning. 



NEAR TERROR FROM LIGHTS. A few weeks ago, at 5 A.M., am getting ready to leave 
and there is a blinding light, like one of those pistol grip, 750,000 candle 
power lights, seemingly right at the bend of the driveway. Who the Hell would 
be here at this time way up the long driveway? At times such as this it is 
comforting to know there is tear gas in the glove compartment, a shotgun in the 
closet. But when I go I find it is from a boat, way offshore in the Choptank 
River mouth. 



Years ago, during another 5 A.M. departure, there is a full moon. Lots of big 
standing water puddles in the fields. Driving out there is a blinding flash 
right on me coming from the right (Field 1). Takes a second or 2 to realize it 
is the setting full moon reflecting off of a field puddle. For a moment it is 
quite scary. 



Sometimes a car returning late with its lights on to some house across the cove 
bright and those lights will shine briefly right into the bedroom, illuminating 
it fully. Wakes me up. That’s somewhat alarming. Quarter mile away and it’s 
as if the light is coming from the yard next to the house. 



Another time, long before dawn, a car arrives in the yard with its lights in 
full blaze. What now? The house is 0.7 mile from the main road. Realize soon 
afterwards I’d forgotten the Olszewskis were coming very early to go 
crabbing. 



These 4 incidents happened when I was alone, reenforcing times of mild but near 
panic. 



RECENT THOUGHT: I am proud to live in a country that has produced Gabby Hayes, 
Walter Brennan, Chester, and Jingles. 



Best to all. - Harry Armistead, Philadelphia. 		 	   		  

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Subject: Re: Black Terns at Loch Raven Point
From: Hugh David Fleischmann <david AT macappraisals.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2016 16:34:27 -0400
Rock on!  Who Is Rick? Lol. 

Amazing Birding in 2016!

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


> On Aug 21, 2016, at 4:32 PM, Hugh David Fleischmann  
wrote: 

> 
> Jeff Shenot, Randy Kimmett and myself had about 10 Black Terns in Ocean City 
hawking directly off shore for 20 minutes., visible from Assateague. Very cool. 
They are on the move today. Rick on!! 

> 
> Amazing Birding in 2016!
> 
> Hugh David Fleischmann
> Owings Mills, MD 21117
> 410-598-9292
> 
> 
>> On Aug 21, 2016, at 4:07 PM, Ryan Johnson  wrote:
>> 
>> Our final tally was 68 Black Terns, 49 of which were kettling over our heads 
at one point! Incredible experience and seeing as they are being reported in 
large numbers in other places as well, today is definitely the day to check 
your favorite body of water! Good luck to anyone that tries for the terns! 

>> 
>> Ryan Johnson
>> Perry Hall, MD
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Subject: Re: Black Terns at Loch Raven Point
From: Hugh David Fleischmann <david AT macappraisals.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2016 16:32:23 -0400
Jeff Shenot, Randy Kimmett and myself had about 10 Black Terns in Ocean City 
hawking directly off shore for 20 minutes., visible from Assateague. Very cool. 
They are on the move today. Rick on!! 


Amazing Birding in 2016!

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


> On Aug 21, 2016, at 4:07 PM, Ryan Johnson  wrote:
> 
> Our final tally was 68 Black Terns, 49 of which were kettling over our heads 
at one point! Incredible experience and seeing as they are being reported in 
large numbers in other places as well, today is definitely the day to check 
your favorite body of water! Good luck to anyone that tries for the terns! 

> 
> Ryan Johnson
> Perry Hall, MD
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Subject: Black Terns at Loch Raven Point
From: Ryan Johnson <rjohnsonphhs AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2016 13:07:30 -0700 (PDT)
Our final tally was 68 Black Terns, 49 of which were kettling over our heads at 
one point! Incredible experience and seeing as they are being reported in large 
numbers in other places as well, today is definitely the day to check your 
favorite body of water! Good luck to anyone that tries for the terns! 


Ryan Johnson
Perry Hall, MD

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Subject: anyone lose a budgie?
From: "Derek C. Richardson" <dcr AT astro.umd.edu>
Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2016 15:42:56 -0400 (EDT)
We have one right now sheltering under a tree by our feeders in West 
Laurel (PG County)...

D

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Subject: 23 Black Terns on the DC Potomac
From: Paul Pisano <cheep.paul AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2016 15:32:55 -0400
The good birding conditions this year along the Potomac River in DC have been 
shared amongst DC birders, but there hasn’t been much discussion on this 
list. The hydrilla has returned in force, reminding me of the “Halcyon 
Hydrilla Days” of the ‘90s, when Dave Czaplak, Ottavio Janni and others 
were finding all sorts of amazing birds on the river, usually opposite the Old 
Town Alexandria waterfront and Jones Point. The shorebird variety hasn’t 
reached those levels, however there have been some good birds showing up. 
Yesterday morning Greg Gough found a SNOWY EGRET opposite Oronoco St., this 
morning Hugh McGuinness had a flock of 5 SANDERLINGS flying downriver (also 
along Old Town waterfront), and this afternoon I saw a tight flock of 23 BLACK 
TERNS flying downriver (as viewed from the Washington Sailing Marina). That’s 
the largest concentration of Black Terns ever reported in DC, only matched by a 
report of 21 birds by Ottavio in 1991 (at least according to ebird records - I 
wouldn’t be surprised if there were higher numbers found in years past). 
Yesterday I counted 49 FORSTER’S TERNS, which is eclipsed by Dave Czaplak’s 
108 from Sep. 8, 1990, but still a good number. The number of CASPIAN TERNS is 
also strong, with Hugh reporting 88 from this morning. 


Other shorebirds reported so far include the expected LESSER YELLOWLEGS and 
LEAST SANDPIPERS, but more will certainly be found with more coverage. 


Good birding,
Paul Pisano
Arlington, VA

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Subject: Black Terns at Loch Raven Point
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2016 13:51:24 -0400
Ryan Johnson and I have several Black Terns at Loch Raven Point. They keep 
dropping in and out in the rain. Remember the main road is closed until 5pm. 
Park at Morgan Mill Rd and walk down. 


Also Forster's Tern and Blue-winged Teal.

Earlier I had Yellow-throated Warbler and Laughing Gull. Lots of movement here 
today. 


Tim C/Ryan J
Baltimore 

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Subject: Rock Creek Park, Sunday 8/21/16
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace AT kornack.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2016 12:09:46 -0400
This morning (8/21) at Rock Creek Park with Jim Lemert, Greg Gough and John 
Boright…….. 


Birding was slow at the Ridge and Maintenance Yard. Hopefully tomorrow’s wind 
from the north will bring in more warblers. 


Chestnut-sided Warbler     2    (Jim)
Mourning Dove     2
Chimney Swift  
Ruby-throated Hummingbird      5
Red-bellied Woodpecker  
Hairy Woodpecker  
Northern Flicker     2
Eastern Wood-Pewee     2
Great Crested Flycatcher  
Carolina Chickadee     2
White-breasted Nuthatch  
Carolina Wren  
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  
American Robin     4
Eastern Towhee     2
Northern Cardinal     2
Baltimore Oriole    

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington  DC 

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Subject: Best lens attachment for iPhone?
From: Sharon F1727 <sharonf1727 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2016 08:37:29 -0700 (PDT)
You can also take photographs through your binoculars without an attachment. I 
can't do it, but my son does it effortlessly. 

Sharon Forsyth
W/DC 

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Subject: Re: Best lens attachment for iPhone?
From: Rick Borchelt <rborchelt AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2016 11:15:30 -0400
That's not entirely true, Hugh; there are a number of telephoto lenses to 12x 
zoom available for iPhone. But I wouldn't recommend them over a small, simple 
point and shoot camera and usually they need to be used w a tripod, which 
negates the size advantage. 



> On Aug 21, 2016, at 10:18 AM, Hugh Simmons  wrote:
> 
> There are no telephoto lens attachments for the iPhone. What you probably saw 
were photos taken with the phone attached to a spotting scope. If you have a 
spotting scope PhoneSkope works well. 

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Subject: Wheaton Regional Park today
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2016 10:32:09 -0400
Hi all, 

An odd morning - started out with blue skies and sun at 7 am, heavy cloud by 8 
am and sudden rain at 9. Not much evidence of migration but we did see 3 
species of warbler including our FOS Northern Waterthrush. Everything seems to 
be waiting for the first big cold front - maybe tomorrow? 


Gail Mackiernan and Barry Cooper
Colesville, MD

Wheaton Regional Park and Brookside Gardens, Montgomery, Maryland, US
Aug 21, 2016 7:05 AM - 9:05 AM
40 species total, birds of interest below:

Wood Duck  4
Green Heron  2
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Cuckoo sp. ( flyover, not seen well enough to ID)
Chimney Swift  4
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  2
Northern Flicker  8
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  3
Acadian Flycatcher  3  Family party of adult and two juveniles
Eastern Kingbird  2
Red-eyed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  6
Barn Swallow  6
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  5
Eastern Bluebird  1
Wood Thrush  1
Gray Catbird  9
Northern Waterthrush  1
American Redstart  2  Adult males
Yellow Warbler  1
Eastern Towhee  1
Baltimore Oriole  2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31178378

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Subject: Best lens attachment for iPhone?
From: Hugh Simmons <lensonnature AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2016 07:18:16 -0700 (PDT)
There are no telephoto lens attachments for the iPhone. What you probably saw 
were photos taken with the phone attached to a spotting scope. If you have a 
spotting scope PhoneSkope works well. 


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Subject: PG Sunday - Schoolhouse Pond, Patuxent River Park
From: Karen Caruso <karen.caruso AT verizon.net>
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2016 19:24:02 -0700 (PDT)
Schoolhouse Pond, Prince George's, Maryland, US
Aug 20, 2016 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments:     Low tide
10 species

Mallard  3
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  1
Black Vulture  4
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Least Sandpiper  1
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Solitary Sandpiper  1
American Crow  1
Gray Catbird  1

Patuxent River Park, Prince George's, Maryland, US
Aug 20, 2016 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
8 species

Canada Goose  1
Wood Duck  13
Mallard  2
Great Blue Heron  1
Chimney Swift  12
Tree Swallow  5
Barn Swallow  13
Red-winged Blackbird  35

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Subject: Re: local store to try binoculars?
From: Marcia Watson <marshwren50 AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2016 20:26:45 -0400
I agree with Rick about the optics shop at Cape May. Not only do they have a 
very comprehensive selection, also the folks there have extensive knowledge and 
can really help with good advice. It may be worth joining NJ Audubon to get the 
10% discount offered to members. 


Even farther afield, the American Birding Expo, in Columbus Ohio from Sept 
16-18, will feature all the major optics companies and a chance to try out 
their models. The event is free but they do request advance registration. See 
http://www.americanbirdingexpo.com 



Marcia 
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> On Aug 20, 2016, at 7:52 PM, Rick Borchelt  wrote:
> 
> While I appreciate shopping locally, neither ANS nor One Good Tern can match 
the selection at NJ Audubon Society shops in Cape May. They also have an 
excellent return policy, and trade-ins for old bins. 

> 
>> On Sat, Aug 20, 2016 at 6:43 PM, Andy Martin  wrote:
>> Hey Derek,
>> 
>> I would 2nd or 3rd the recommendation of the ANS shop at Wood End. I was 
just down there helping a friend look for a pair of roof prisms in $300 range 
for his 20 year old son who has taken a keen interest in birding over past 
year. 

>> 
>> Although we were not looking at $500+ bins, I do recollect them having a 
pretty good selection, including both the Swarovski and Zeiss alphas. Don't 
remember whether they had the Leicas or top end Nikons. 

>> 
>> Other nice thing was being able to take a few pair outside, sit on one of 
benches and take your time looking at stuff (trees, some great tree trunks, 
some cardinals and catbirds). There are a couple of pollinator gardens right 
next to shop that were good for checking out close focus ability. Staff was 
pretty nice about all this. 

>> 
>> I am not an ANS member at present moment but my friend was and he got a 
decent discount on his purchase. 

>> 
>> Hope this helps.
>> 
>> Andy Martin
>> Gaithesburg, MD
>> 
>>> On Sat, Aug 20, 2016 at 2:23 PM, Derek C. Richardson  
wrote: 

>>> 
>>> I'm in the market for new binoculars and would like to test a variety of 
models for myself. Can anyone recommend a store in the PG/Montgomery county 
area (roughly) for mid-range to high-end options? I'm starting from this review 
by the Cornell Lab: 

>>> 
>>> https://www.allaboutbirds.org/best-binoculars-the-cornell-lab-review-2013/
>>> 
>>> Thanks!!
>>> 
>>> -Derek
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Subject: Re: At Wlde Lake (Columbia) this morning
From: Dean Mahlstedt <birdingboyy AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2016 19:54:54 -0400
Thanks for the input but no pics. 

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> On Aug 20, 2016, at 5:03 PM, 'Rod Burley' via Maryland & DC Birding 
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> 
> I agree with Rick!! Any pics??
> 
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>> On Aug 20, 2016, at 4:54 PM, Warblerick  wrote:
>> 
>> Sounds more like the behavior/flight style of a Black Tern more than 
anything else. 

>> 
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