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Long-tailed Shrike,©Barry Kent Mackay

18 Apr Maryland's Burrowing Owl record [Phil Davis ]
18 Apr Fort Smallwood Park Friday, April 17, 2015 60 Raptors []
17 Apr Rock Creek Park - Kenilworth aquatic gardens DC, bald eagles [Daniel Rauch ]
17 Apr Cattle Egret ["Jim Wilson" ]
17 Apr Extralimital - Bpmbay Hook - Burrowing Owl [Laura Rinier ]
17 Apr Night-herons, National Zoo [Martin Sneary ]
17 Apr Susquehanna [Lin Just ]
17 Apr Ruby-throated Hummer #80 for 2015 Yard List ["George Jett" ]
17 Apr Glossy Ibis Mo Co ["maryatodd2 via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
17 Apr Glossy Ibis McKee Beshers Mo Co ["maryatodd2 via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
17 Apr Re: Glossy Ibis Balto Co yes again ["'andrew.clemens' via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
17 Apr Irish Grove y'day + today []
17 Apr Re: Mammal at Pennyfield ["Jim Nelson" ]
17 Apr Rock Creek Park, 4/17/15 [Wallace Kornack ]
17 Apr Re: Glossy Ibis Balto Co yes again ["'Leslie Starr' via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
17 Apr Re: Glossy Ibis Balto Co ["'Leslie Starr' via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
17 Apr Mammal at Pennyfield [Art Drauglis ]
17 Apr RE: Mammal at Pennyfield [Anna Urciolo ]
17 Apr Fwd: Black Marsh: SORA, VIRA, & AMBI [Barry Marsh ]
17 Apr Mammal at Pennyfield [Suzanne Richman ]
17 Apr Black Marsh: SORA, VIRA, & AMBI [Barry Marsh ]
17 Apr Glossy Ibis Balto Co ["'Leslie' via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
17 Apr Re: Blackwater pelicans & terns ["'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
17 Apr Blackwater pelicans & terns [Harry Armistead ]
17 Apr Fort Smallwood Park Thursday, April 16, 2015 28 Raptors []
16 Apr Re: Re: Can you help me id this water bird? [world oceans ]
16 Apr Re: Can you help me id this water bird? [katie foreman ]
16 Apr Can you help me id this water bird? [Sadie Dingfelder ]
16 Apr Delmarva Birding Weekend starts April 23 []
16 Apr Re: ST Kite at North Point SP [Linda Just ]
16 Apr MD Pelagic April 25 (26) [Mark Hoffman ]
16 Apr Black Marsh--bitterns and cattle egrets, FOY COYE [Lynne Parks ]
16 Apr Blue-headed Vireo [Georgia McDonald ]
16 Apr ST Kite at North Point SP []
16 Apr Fort Smallwood Park Wednesday, April 15, 2015 18 Raptors []
16 Apr Great Egret @ Pennyfield Lk C &O Canal ["'diane Ford' via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
15 Apr NPSP American Bittern ["'Andrew Clemens' via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
15 Apr WashCo Eurasian Wigeon continues [Kurt Schwarz ]
15 Apr WashCo Eurasian wigeon continues [Kurt Schwarz ]
15 Apr EUCD--Eurasian Collared-Dove [Marcia Balestri ]
15 Apr Re: EUCD ["Jlstasz via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
15 Apr EUCD [Marcia Balestri ]
15 Apr RE: Bitterns at Black Marsh, North Point, Balto Co. [Adam Parr ]
15 Apr Black-throated Blue at C&O Canal [scott bates ]
15 Apr Wilson's Snipe? [Marcy Stutzman ]
15 Apr Silver Spring and Bethesda sightings [Rob Hilton ]
15 Apr Eurasian Wigeon Washington County [Joe Hanfman ]
15 Apr RE: Bitterns at Black Marsh, North Point, Balto Co. ["jcdlmartin via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
15 Apr Wilson's Snipe? ["'Elda Banks' via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
15 Apr Glossy Ibises near Southern Middle School, Calvert ["'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
15 Apr Bitterns at Black Marsh, North Point, Balto Co. ["'Leslie' via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
14 Apr RE: Snowy Egret McKee Beshers [Jim Green ]
14 Apr Snowy Egret Continues McKee Beshers, Mo Co ["'Mary Ann Todd' via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
14 Apr Fwd: DC Area, 4/14/2015 []
14 Apr Both bitterns Black Marsh [Tim Carney ]
14 Apr No Snowy Hughes Hollow ["maryatodd2 via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
14 Apr Ferry Neck, southern Dorchester County, Ft. Smallwood, April 10-12, 2015. [Harry Armistead ]
14 Apr Snowy Egret McKee Beshers ["maryatodd2 via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
14 Apr foy white eyed vireo - Piscataway NP boardwalk [Joe Wolf ]
14 Apr Masonville 4/13/2015 [Tim Carney ]
14 Apr American Bittern at Black Marsh [Michael Bradley ]
14 Apr Pennyfield Lock C&O canal Warblers ["'diane Ford' via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
13 Apr Purple Finches in Rockville [David Spitzer ]
13 Apr Hart-Miller Island, 04/13/15 [Kevin Graff ]
13 Apr Yellow-crowned Night Heron in Towson [Taylor McLean ]
13 Apr Common Merganser, North Beach [Michael Roane ]
13 Apr MD/VA Little Gull continues [Timothy Boucher ]
13 Apr Weekend Highlights (PG Co.) [Frank Marenghi ]
13 Apr Purple Finches in Elkton [Patricia Valdata ]
13 Apr late morning Swan Creek Wetland [Lynne Parks ]
13 Apr Gaithersburg (Mont. Co.) migrants, Apr. 13 [Scott Baron ]
13 Apr FOY yardbirds, Bethesda, Mont. Co. ["Jim Nelson" ]
13 Apr Re: Fw: Re: [Va-bird] Little Gull at Dyke Marsh [in MD waters] [Mark Rositol ]
13 Apr FOY Prairie Warbler at Swan Creek [Lynne Parks ]
13 Apr Cromwell Valley Park Invasive Plant Removal ["'John Canoles' via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
13 Apr Warblers plus Blue-headed Vireo at Pennyfield [Linda Friedland ]

Subject: Maryland's Burrowing Owl record
From: Phil Davis <pdavis AT ix.netcom.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 03:34:07 -0400
Hi Laura, et al.

How many people know that Maryland has a record of Burrowing Owl?

It was found on 05/18/1983 in Gortner, Garrett County, MD. It stayed 
two days, until 05/20. The record [MD/1985-020] was accepted by the 
MD/DC Records Committee.

You can read the article and see the cover photo, in the following 
1984 issue of Maryland Birdlife ...

         Link to the issue information page:
         https://sora.unm.edu/node/132859

         Or, direct link to the PDF document:
         https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/MB_40%283%291984_0.pdf

Note that despite having photographs, Fran Pope's article is an 
excellent example of how to document a rarity.

I'd have to pull the file to verify this, but I'm pretty sure that 
later outside expert analysis (by Ken Parkes) found that the bird was 
of the Florida subspecies.

Note, at the very end, Chan Robbins' editorial comment, "[This 
beautifully documented observation has been accepted by the Maryland 
Records Committee. Based on records from other eastern states, the 
next Maryland record of a Burrowing Owl should come from the coast, 
or possibly an airport- Ed.]"

Well, it did come from the coast, but just a bit too far north in 
latitude [i.e., Delaware] (but undoubtedly, it did fly through Maryland, eh?)

This issue of Maryland Birdlife is available (free) compliments of 
SORA, a great resource of historical ornithological journals. Thanks 
to MOS Webmaster John Christy for a lot of hard work over the past 
couple of years to get the Maryland Birdlife series posted to SORA.

Lit Cited:

         Pope, Fran. 1984. Burrowing Owl in Garrett County, Maryland. 
Maryland Birdlife 40(3):55-56. Plus cover photo.

Phil


At 19:26 04/17/2015, Laura Rinier wrote:
>I know this is the MD/DC group, but I thought I would pass on the 
>word since it isn't too far away.  Just about an hour ago there was 
>a report and photograph of a Burrowing Owl at Bombay Hook.  Details 
>from post on FB...

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

MD/DCRC Web site:  http://www.MDBirds.org/mddcrc/rcindex.html
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Subject: Fort Smallwood Park Friday, April 17, 2015 60 Raptors
From: susiericc AT comcast.net
Date: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 02:18:31 +0000 (UTC)
Fort Smallwood Park 
Pasadena, Maryland, USA 

Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 17, 2015 
Species 	Day's Count 	Month Total 	Season Total 
Black Vulture 	4 	114 	455 
Turkey Vulture 	35 	1529 	5648 
Osprey 	5 	190 	303 
Bald Eagle 	0 	15 	39 
Northern Harrier 	0 	46 	55 
Sharp-shinned Hawk 	10 	303 	425 
Cooper's Hawk 	1 	75 	170 
Northern Goshawk 	0 	0 	0 
Red-shouldered Hawk 	0 	58 	276 
Broad-winged Hawk 	0 	418 	418 
Red-tailed Hawk 	4 	71 	178 
Rough-legged Hawk 	0 	0 	0 
Golden Eagle 	0 	0 	0 
American Kestrel 	1 	287 	341 
Merlin 	0 	16 	18 
Peregrine Falcon 	0 	0 	0 
Unknown Accipiter 	0 	1 	1 
Unknown Buteo 	0 	4 	5 
Unknown Falcon 	0 	2 	2 
Unknown Eagle 	0 	0 	0 
Unknown Raptor 	0 	0 	0 
Total: 	60 	3129 	8334 

Observation start time: 	9:15 am 
Observation end time: 	4:00 pm  Daylight Time 
Total observation time: 	6.75 hours 
Official Counter 	Sue Ricciardi 
Observers: 	Harry Armistead, Liz Armistead 

Weather: 
Partly to mostly cloudy; 60-75 degrees; good visibility; winds mostly westerly, 
often with a SW component 


Raptor Observations: 
Modest flight but a beautiful day for hawkwatching. Four local adult Bald 
Eagles in one binocular view and they were up and flying much of the day, to 
the utter annoyance of a nesting Osprey. 


Non-raptor Observations: 
Buffleheads, about 150, still around; 3 Horned Grebes, 2 male Wood Ducks.  
Blue Jays, 89 and American Goldfinches, 11 starting to move in numbers 



Report submitted by Sue Ricciardi ( susiericc AT comcast.net ) 
Fort Smallwood Park information may be found at: 
http://www.mdbirds.org/sites/mdsites/hawks/hawkwatch.html 


Site Description 
Fort Smallwood Park is located on the western shore of Chesapeake Bay at the 
mouth of the Patapsco River, 11 miles south of Baltimore, MD. Best winds are 
from the southwest. The Park is closed to visitors on Wednesdays. 
  

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Subject: Rock Creek Park - Kenilworth aquatic gardens DC, bald eagles
From: Daniel Rauch <danrauch11 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 20:06:46 -0400
Yeah!!!  I have missed my daily Wallace Warbler reports.

Decent birds at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens this morning-highlights:

Black-throated blue warbler male singing along west side of lotus ponds today
3 palm warblers
5 yellow-rumps
5 common yellowthroats
2 swamp sparrows
2 female hooded mergansers
1 rusty blackbird (female)
1 brown creeper
12 blue-gray gnatcatchers 
Banded Carolina wren (right leg green /aluminum) 
1 northern rough winged swallow

also, pair of kestrels flying and calling all afternoon just north of union 
station, over the EEO office. 


All three bald eagle nests in DC with confirmed chicks:
national arboretum - 1
St Elizabeth's hospital - 1
Police training center -2

Dr. Jane Goodall came out for an impromptu visit to the Arboretum nest this 
afternoon to see the eagle nest. She was amazingly personable and humble. She 
praised Rachel Carson's efforts and was thankful that the species was doing so 
well. She said goodbye as chimps do, with some soft pats on the back and head, 
accompanied by soft hoots. 


Dan Rauch 
Washington DC

> On Apr 17, 2015, at 3:29 PM, Wallace Kornack  wrote:
> 
> This morning (4/17) at Rock Creek Park…..
> 
> Ovenbird      heard  Ellen
> Yellow-rumped Warbler      Tim
> Eastern Towhee  
> Mourning Dove     6
> Northern Flicker  
> Pileated Woodpecker     2   Tim
> Blue Jay  
> American Crow  
> Fish Crow  
> Carolina Chickadee     2
> House Wren  
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher     3   JIm
> American Robin     10
> European Starling  
> Chipping Sparrow     3
> White-throated Sparrow     3
> Dark-eyed Junco  
> Northern Cardinal     8
> Brown-headed Cowbird     4
> House Finch     Tim 
> Purple Finch     Tim  
> American Goldfinch     2
> 
> Observers: Tim Boucher, Ellen Paul, Jim Lemert,  Bret Hartl, Joe Pestel
> 
> Have Fun Birding!
> 
> Wallace Kornack
> Washington  DC
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Subject: Cattle Egret
From: "Jim Wilson" <wlsngang AT verizon.net>
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 19:37:35 -0400
Last Thursday, a friend took this photo of a Cattle Egret on Kent Island.
Enjoy!

Jim Wilson
Queenstown











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Subject: Extralimital - Bpmbay Hook - Burrowing Owl
From: Laura Rinier <armytech021 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 16:26:34 -0700 (PDT)
I know this is the MD/DC group, but I thought I would pass on the word since it 
isn't too far away. Just about an hour ago there was a report and photograph of 
a Burrowing Owl at Bombay Hook. Details from post on FB... 


Chandler Hunts photographed a Burrowing Owl along the road to the Allee House 
at Bombay Hook about an hour ago. 


Here are the details from a DE RBA alert - "chandler wiegand: Burrowing owl 
along road to allee house at bombay hook. Was on a bluebird box 30 mins ago 
when I located it." 



Here is the link to the FB page: 
https://www.facebook.com/groups/delawarebirding/permalink/497390707083274/ 



Just thought I would pass this on since some folks in this group visit that 
area. 


Happy Birding!
Laura Rinier
York, PA

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Subject: Night-herons, National Zoo
From: Martin Sneary <mvsneary AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:35:31 -0700 (PDT)
If you're thinking of checking out the night-heron rookery at the National Zoo 
(near the Bird House), I wouldn't wait too much longer as the leaves are 
starting to obscure the view. Early mornings (for many reasons) are best, and 
if you go before 9.00am and walk along the Asia Trail, you have a very good 
chance of spying the Panda before the crowds gather. I also scored my first DC 
Raven here the other week. 


A few recent pictures, featuring Yellow-crowned and Black-crowned, are here:
http://mvsneary.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/4/night-heron-rookery-national-zoo

Good birding!

Martin

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Subject: Susquehanna
From: Lin Just <ljustrn AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:09:48 -0700 (PDT)
Not quite birdy as it could have been, but I did get some nice FOY birds. 
NORTHERN PARULAS were everywhere. Other warblers: PROTHONOTORY at Rock Run, 
YELLOW THROATED, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, YELLOW RUMPED 
rounded out the warblers. A WHITE EYED VIREO chick-peereo-chicked his little 
heart out, and a pair of CASPIAN TERNS was a nice find at Rock Run. Also had my 
FOY HOUSE WREN at his usual nesting spot in my backyard. 


Lin Just
Colora, Md

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Subject: Ruby-throated Hummer #80 for 2015 Yard List
From: "George Jett" <gmjett AT verizon.net>
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 17:03:37 -0400
Folks 

 

Eating dinner last night at 7:35 PM a male Ruby-throated Hummer stopped by
to refill.  I did not see him today.  Earlier on April  16 Common
Yellowtrhoat was singing on the Lyons Creek side of the house.

 

On my way out to cardiac rehad an American Kestrel flew over Mallard Land.
Another migrant.

 

Gwen heard a Northern Parula in the front yard this morning, but it would
not sing when I went to look for it.  I did see one male Yellow-throated
Warbler and two Blue gray Gnatcatchers.

 

Spring has arrived.

 

George Jett

Lothian, MD

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Subject: Glossy Ibis Mo Co
From: "maryatodd2 via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 17:02:34 -0400
Glossy Ibis HH McKee Beshers. Touched down. Then flew off over west 
impoundment. 

Sent from my iPhone
Mary Ann Todd
Germantown MD

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Subject: Glossy Ibis McKee Beshers Mo Co
From: "maryatodd2 via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 17:01:35 -0400

Sent from my iPhone
Mary Ann Todd
Germantown MD

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Subject: Re: Glossy Ibis Balto Co yes again
From: "'andrew.clemens' via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 16:30:18 -0400
I missed them!  I will try another day.  So after the man came by and I left 
you and Joe I walked down and the American bitterness was out. I watched it for 
1 hour before it went back in! 


Andy


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-------- Original message --------
From: 'Leslie Starr' via Maryland & DC Birding
Date:04/17/2015 3:22 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: Leslie Starr
Cc: MD List Serve
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Glossy Ibis Balto Co yes again
Oops - I sent that last message too soon. The two Glossy Ibises are on the Todd's Inheritance (north) side of the road, just west of the animal enclosures along a farm lane, in the field and not inside the fence. Leslie Baltimore > On Apr 17, 2015, at 3:18 PM, Leslie Starr wrote: > > The ibises are no longer visible, with either Cattle Egret flock. They'll probably be back later. > > Leslie Starr > Baltimore > > >> On Apr 17, 2015, at 2:02 PM, 'Leslie' via Maryland & DC Birding wrote: >> >> Two ibises were on North Point Road with forty-four Cattle Egrets. >> >> Leslie & Joe >> Baltimore >> >> -- >> -- 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 -- -- 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 -- -- 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: Irish Grove y'day + today
From: keyweststyle2001 AT gmail.com
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:45:06 -0400




Subject: Re: Mammal at Pennyfield
From: "Jim Nelson" <kingfishers2 AT verizon.net>
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:37:17 -0400
Another possibility is muskrat, which would be smaller than beaver (which I 
have seen in this area in years past) or otter. 


Jim Nelson
Bethesda, MD

From: Suzanne Richman 
Sent: Friday, April 17, 2015 2:25 PM
To: MD Bird Listserv 
Subject: [MDBirding] Mammal at Pennyfield

Yesterday I birded with friends along the tow path north of Pennyfield lock. 
When we came to the impoundment with the green-winged teals, I spotted a mammal 
coming up to the surface of the water, close to the two path. I just saw what 
looked like his curved neck, before he submerged again. My first reaction was 
otter; Judy Bromley thought beaver. Anyone else see a mammal in the water 
there? 



Suzanne Richman
Bethesda

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Subject: Rock Creek Park, 4/17/15
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace AT kornack.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:29:28 -0400
This morning (4/17) at Rock Creek Park…..

Ovenbird      heard  Ellen
Yellow-rumped Warbler      Tim
Eastern Towhee  
Mourning Dove     6
Northern Flicker  
Pileated Woodpecker     2   Tim
Blue Jay  
American Crow  
Fish Crow  
Carolina Chickadee     2
House Wren  
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher     3   JIm
American Robin     10
European Starling  
Chipping Sparrow     3
White-throated Sparrow     3
Dark-eyed Junco  
Northern Cardinal     8
Brown-headed Cowbird     4
House Finch     Tim 
Purple Finch     Tim  
American Goldfinch     2

Observers: Tim Boucher, Ellen Paul, Jim Lemert,  Bret Hartl, Joe Pestel

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington  DC

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Subject: Re: Glossy Ibis Balto Co yes again
From: "'Leslie Starr' via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:22:36 -0400
Oops - I sent that last message too soon. The two Glossy Ibises are on the 
Todd's Inheritance (north) side of the road, just west of the animal enclosures 
along a farm lane, in the field and not inside the fence. 


Leslie
Baltimore





> On Apr 17, 2015, at 3:18 PM, Leslie Starr  wrote:
> 
> The ibises are no longer visible, with either Cattle Egret flock. They'll 
probably be back later. 

> 
> Leslie Starr
> Baltimore
> 
> 
>> On Apr 17, 2015, at 2:02 PM, 'Leslie' via Maryland & DC Birding 
 wrote: 

>> 
>> Two ibises were on North Point Road with forty-four Cattle Egrets.
>> 
>> Leslie & Joe
>> Baltimore 
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Subject: Re: Glossy Ibis Balto Co
From: "'Leslie Starr' via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:18:01 -0400
The ibises are no longer visible, with either Cattle Egret flock. They'll 
probably be back later. 


Leslie Starr
Baltimore


> On Apr 17, 2015, at 2:02 PM, 'Leslie' via Maryland & DC Birding 
 wrote: 

> 
> Two ibises were on North Point Road with forty-four Cattle Egrets.
> 
> Leslie & Joe
> Baltimore 
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Subject: Mammal at Pennyfield
From: Art Drauglis <lwsyrup AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 12:01:55 -0700 (PDT)
I haven't seen an otter there, but have seen mink in that area.

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Subject: RE: Mammal at Pennyfield
From: Anna Urciolo <urcioloa AT sidwell.edu>
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 18:36:39 +0000
Hi, Suzanne,

Many, many years ago there was a beaver in that impoundment (at least I think 
it was at Pennyfield Lock area) who I spotted crossing the towpath in front of 
me. Gradually the beaver made a large dam in the canal which was very effective 
in plugging up some of the water. Eventually the Park Service folks dismantled 
the dam, much to the dismay of a great blue heron who loved to perch on those 
sticks. 


Anna Urciolo
Rockville, MD

From: mdbirding AT googlegroups.com [mailto:mdbirding AT googlegroups.com] On Behalf 
Of Suzanne Richman 

Sent: Friday, April 17, 2015 2:25 PM
To: MD Bird Listserv
Subject: [MDBirding] Mammal at Pennyfield

Yesterday I birded with friends along the tow path north of Pennyfield lock. 
When we came to the impoundment with the green-winged teals, I spotted a mammal 
coming up to the surface of the water, close to the two path. I just saw what 
looked like his curved neck, before he submerged again. My first reaction was 
otter; Judy Bromley thought beaver. Anyone else see a mammal in the water 
there? 



Suzanne Richman
Bethesda
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Subject: Fwd: Black Marsh: SORA, VIRA, & AMBI
From: Barry Marsh <barry.d.marsh AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 14:31:13 -0400
Oops - I shouldn't have sent my previous message using the four-letter
codes. Sorry about that; here they are again:

SORA = Sora
VIRA = Virginia Rail
AMBI = American Bittern
LEBI = Least Bittern
LBHE = Little Blue Heron
HOME = Hooded Merganser


Good birding!

Barry
Baltimore

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From: Barry Marsh 
Date: Fri, Apr 17, 2015 at 2:13 PM
Subject: Black Marsh: SORA, VIRA, & AMBI
To: "mdbirding AT googlegroups.com" 


This morning starting around 0730 I had two SORA, a VIRA, and an AMBI on
the Black Marsh Trail at North Point State Park. The SORA were along the
left side of the trail, one on each side of the spillway, the VIRA was near
the spillway (there's a dead VIRA on the trail there, too), and the AMBI
was on the opposite side, near the bench. I didn't hear the previously
reported LEBI. Slow, quiet, and early is the way to find these birds.

I also had six LBHE and 20 HOME in the marsh.

Barry
Baltimore

Barry D. Marsh
443-416-3192
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Subject: Mammal at Pennyfield
From: Suzanne Richman <suzanne_richman AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 14:25:18 -0400
Yesterday I birded with friends along the tow path north of Pennyfield lock. 
When we came to the impoundment with the green-winged teals, I spotted a mammal 
coming up to the surface of the water, close to the two path. I just saw what 
looked like his curved neck, before he submerged again. My first reaction was 
otter; Judy Bromley thought beaver. Anyone else see a mammal in the water 
there? 


Suzanne Richman
Bethesda
 		 	   		  

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Subject: Black Marsh: SORA, VIRA, & AMBI
From: Barry Marsh <barry.d.marsh AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 14:13:52 -0400
This morning starting around 0730 I had two SORA, a VIRA, and an AMBI on the 
Black Marsh Trail at North Point State Park. The SORA were along the left side 
of the trail, one on each side of the spillway, the VIRA was near the spillway 
(there's a dead VIRA on the trail there, too), and the AMBI was on the opposite 
side, near the bench. I didn't hear the previously reported LEBI. Slow, quiet, 
and early is the way to find these birds. 


I also had six LBHE and 20 HOME in the marsh.

Barry
Baltimore

Barry D. Marsh
443-416-3192
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Subject: Glossy Ibis Balto Co
From: "'Leslie' via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 14:02:30 -0400
Two ibises were on North Point Road with forty-four Cattle Egrets.

Leslie & Joe
Baltimore 

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Subject: Re: Blackwater pelicans & terns
From: "'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 13:27:53 +0000 (UTC)
Patty Craig sent me a photo of the St. Mary's County American White Pelicans 
that shows 95 birds. She thinks that she might have missed one or two. There 
have been no reports of triple digit AWPEs from Blackwater since so it might be 
safe to say that they have flown the coop! 


Tyler Bell
jtylerbell AT yahoo.com
California, Maryland
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 Subject: [MDBirding] Blackwater pelicans & terns
   
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Subject: Blackwater pelicans & terns
From: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 12:50:56 +0000
Ruth Pfeffer and party saw 18 white pelicans and 4 Least Terns, probably on 
Tuesday, at Blackwater N.W.R. - Harry Armistead, Philadelphia. 

 		 	   		  

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Subject: Fort Smallwood Park Thursday, April 16, 2015 28 Raptors
From: susiericc AT comcast.net
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 02:35:39 +0000 (UTC)
Fort Smallwood Park 
Pasadena, Maryland, USA 

Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 16, 2015 
Species 	Day's Count 	Month Total 	Season Total 
Black Vulture 	0 	110 	451 
Turkey Vulture 	11 	1494 	5613 
Osprey 	6 	185 	298 
Bald Eagle 	2 	15 	39 
Northern Harrier 	0 	46 	55 
Sharp-shinned Hawk 	3 	293 	415 
Cooper's Hawk 	1 	74 	169 
Northern Goshawk 	0 	0 	0 
Red-shouldered Hawk 	0 	58 	276 
Broad-winged Hawk 	0 	418 	418 
Red-tailed Hawk 	5 	67 	174 
Rough-legged Hawk 	0 	0 	0 
Golden Eagle 	0 	0 	0 
American Kestrel 	0 	286 	340 
Merlin 	0 	16 	18 
Peregrine Falcon 	0 	0 	0 
Unknown Accipiter 	0 	1 	1 
Unknown Buteo 	0 	4 	5 
Unknown Falcon 	0 	2 	2 
Unknown Eagle 	0 	0 	0 
Unknown Raptor 	0 	0 	0 
Total: 	28 	3069 	8274 

Observation start time: 	9:00 am 
Observation end time: 	3:00 pm  Daylight Time 
Total observation time: 	6 hours 
Official Counter 	Sue Ricciardi 
Observers: 	Dan Stewart, Hugh Hoffman 

Weather: 
Partly cloudy; 56-68 degrees; excellent visibility; winds initially from the 
east, becoming ESE, 8-10 mph 


Raptor Observations: 
Few migrants today, perhaps due to the unfavorable winds. 

Non-raptor Observations: 
Few non-raptors around as well; one male Wood Duck 


Report submitted by Sue Ricciardi ( susiericc AT comcast.net ) 
Fort Smallwood Park information may be found at: 
http://www.mdbirds.org/sites/mdsites/hawks/hawkwatch.html 


Site Description 
Fort Smallwood Park is located on the western shore of Chesapeake Bay at the 
mouth of the Patapsco River, 11 miles south of Baltimore, MD. Best winds are 
from the southwest. The Park is closed to visitors on Wednesdays. 
  

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Subject: Re: Re: Can you help me id this water bird?
From: world oceans <world.oceans7 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2015 22:29:13 -0400
I think so too--definitely a grebe. Loons and cormorants would have
significantly larger, longer bills and a different profile. The neck looks
pretty long for pied-billed (although the bill is a bit stubby)  so horned
would be my  best guess.

James Gibson
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> It looks like a horned grebe.
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Subject: Re: Can you help me id this water bird?
From: katie foreman <foremank%gwmail.gwu.edu AT gtempaccount.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2015 18:39:19 -0700 (PDT)
It looks like a horned grebe.

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Subject: Can you help me id this water bird?
From: Sadie Dingfelder <sadied AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2015 17:56:44 -0700 (PDT)
Hi all, 
I saw a bird on Saturday at the Tidal Basin that was diving under the water 
like a cormorant, but he was way smaller than the double crested cormorants I 
usually see. He was smaller than the mallard ducks, even. He had a dark upper 
body and a white underbelly (sorry, I don't know much bird terminology.) I got 
a photo of him. Here's the link: 



https://plus.google.com/photos/110088311004983592087/albums/6138504746400081697?authkey=CInR1-rQr_upxAE 


Maybe he's a baby cormorant? Or a loon?
Thanks!
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Subject: Delmarva Birding Weekend starts April 23
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Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2015 20:49:07 +0000 (UTC)
			
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Here's a list of just a few of the species that have returned to Delmarva just 
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White-eyed Vireo 
Yellow-throated Vireo 
Purple Martin 
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Subject: Re: ST Kite at North Point SP
From: Linda Just <ljustrn AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2015 15:55:46 -0400
Wow!  That's amazing- I had a ST Kite at Black Marsh nearly the same time-
April 20, in 2013.

Lin

On Thu, Apr 16, 2015 at 9:38 AM,  wrote:

> Few minutes ago, an adult swallow tailed kite working on a thermal ‎as I
> approach a pond to L of ranger residence. Trail is in bad shape on way in.
>    Also both bitterns continuing earlier at overflow and a Sanderling
> working the rip rap at a new renovating crystal pier.   At least 30 cattle
> egrets at nearby cattle farm just now.   - Kevin Graff.
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Subject: MD Pelagic April 25 (26)
From: Mark Hoffman <wcbirding AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2015 15:40:40 -0400
LAST CALL


SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: MARYLAND PELAGIC TRIP -- Saturday April 25 (mandatory
weather date April 26)

Following up on the great February trip, Maryland Pelagics and the Morning
Star will be hosting a spring pelagic this year, a time that can be great
for migrant seabirds. Maryland has a great tradition of April-May trips,
with some amazing highlights over the years. Late-April has brought goodies
likes 4,665 Red Phalaropes (4/29/1977), Sabine’s Gull (4/28/1983), and
Long-tailed Jaeger (4/24/1982). Wow!! This can be the sweet spot for many
species moving from wintering areas in the South Atlantic to their breeding
grounds in the far reaches of North America.

The potential species include: Sooty Shearwater, Manx Shearwater, Wilson’s
Storm-Petrel, Leach’s Storm-Petrel, Red-necked Phalarope, Red Phalarope,
Black-legged Kittiwake, Sabine’s Gull (two pelagic records, 4/28/1983 and
5/9/1976), Little Gull, Pomarine Jaeger, Parasitic Jaeger, Long-tailed
Jaeger (two spring pelagic records, 4/24/1982 and 5/8/1977), and Atlantic
Puffin.

Nearshore (40-45 miles offshore) pelagic in Maryland ONLY waters, on the
55’ Morning Star, with Captain Monty Hawkins, veteran captain of pelagics
off Maryland.

Saturday, April 25, 11-hour trip. Leave 6 am, return 5 pm. Be at dock by
5:45 am. Sunday April 26 is a mandatory weather date - if they trip does
not go on the 25th, you will still be committed to go/pay on the 26nd.

Cost is $135 per person (payable to Morning Star) plus $15 to Mark Hoffman
for mate tip and chum (payable by cash or check day of to Mark Hoffman).
Max head count 21.

To make reservations phone the Morning Star reservation desk at
410-520-2076 with
credit card info; you will also need to provide cell phone number to
Morning Star reservation desk so you can be contacted in case we know
Friday the trip is a no-go for Saturday.

The Morning Star is docked at the West Ocean City Fishing Center . Turn
right at last light before bridge into Ocean City . Take left into parking
area and fishing center. The Morning Star is by the Travel Lift, Dock B,
Slip 2. The GPS address is “13001 Inlet Isle Lane, Ocean City, MD, 21842”.


Calm seas,


Mark L. Hoffman

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Subject: Black Marsh--bitterns and cattle egrets, FOY COYE
From: Lynne Parks <v.lynneparks AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2015 09:16:28 -0700 (PDT)
It was a beautiful morning in the Black Marsh. We found the American Bittern 
continuing in the overflow and the Least Bittern was vocalizing. FOY Common 
Yellowthroat. Fifteen Cattle Egrets in the cattle pen. Lots of snakes and 
turtles. With Mark Rositol and others. 

Lynne

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Subject: Blue-headed Vireo
From: Georgia McDonald <gmcdonald2006 AT verizon.net>
Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2015 10:13:54 -0400
Yard bird; last record in our yard was 15 years ago.

Georgia McDonald    Towson, Balt Co.


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Subject: ST Kite at North Point SP
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Subject: Fort Smallwood Park   Wednesday, April 15, 2015   18 Raptors
From: susiericc AT comcast.net
Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2015 03:35:25 +0000 (UTC)
Fort Smallwood Park 
Pasadena, Maryland, USA 

Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 15, 2015 
Species 	Day's Count 	Month Total 	Season Total 
Black Vulture 	0 	110 	451 
Turkey Vulture 	16 	1483 	5602 
Osprey 	2 	179 	292 
Bald Eagle 	0 	13 	37 
Northern Harrier 	0 	46 	55 
Sharp-shinned Hawk 	0 	290 	412 
Cooper's Hawk 	0 	73 	168 
Northern Goshawk 	0 	0 	0 
Red-shouldered Hawk 	0 	58 	276 
Broad-winged Hawk 	0 	418 	418 
Red-tailed Hawk 	0 	62 	169 
Rough-legged Hawk 	0 	0 	0 
Golden Eagle 	0 	0 	0 
American Kestrel 	0 	286 	340 
Merlin 	0 	16 	18 
Peregrine Falcon 	0 	0 	0 
Unknown Accipiter 	0 	1 	1 
Unknown Buteo 	0 	4 	5 
Unknown Falcon 	0 	2 	2 
Unknown Eagle 	0 	0 	0 
Unknown Raptor 	0 	0 	0 
Total: 	18 	3041 	8246 

Observation start time: 	9:15 am 
Observation end time: 	1:15 pm  Daylight Time 
Total observation time: 	4 hours 
Official Counter 	Sue Ricciardi 
Observers: 	

Weather: 
Overcast with a few peeks of sun; 56-62 degrees; excellent visibility; winds 
northerly 6-10 mph 


Raptor Observations: 
Few raptors moving today under the overcast skies 

Non-raptor Observations: 



Report submitted by Sue Ricciardi ( susiericc AT comcast.net ) 
Fort Smallwood Park information may be found at: 
http://www.mdbirds.org/sites/mdsites/hawks/hawkwatch.html 


Site Description 
Fort Smallwood Park is located on the western shore of Chesapeake Bay at the 
mouth of the Patapsco River, 11 miles south of Baltimore, MD. Best winds are 
from the southwest. The Park is closed to visitors on Wednesdays. 
  

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Subject: Great Egret @ Pennyfield Lk C &O Canal
From: "'diane Ford' via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2015 01:47:13 +0000 (UTC)
Hi all,  Briefly birded the Pennyfield impoundments (Dierssen Wildlife mgmt 
area) and had 1 Great Egret among several Green-winged Teal. Only 1 BW teal 
waslingering. Many more Yellow-rumped Warblers coming thru. 

D.Ford/Bethesda, Md.

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Subject: NPSP American Bittern
From: "'Andrew Clemens' via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2015 19:19:48 +0000 (UTC)
 American bittern was present at the overflow when I arrived at 9:15.  It was 
still present  when I left at 12:45.  Sometimes it was out in the open (it 
caught at least 3 fish while I was there) .  Sometimes back in the phrags.  
Also present: at least 13 little blues, 1 great blue, 1 great egret, 1 
osprey.  Heard a least bittern calling. 

Andy  ClemensParkville, Md

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Subject: WashCo Eurasian Wigeon continues
From: Kurt Schwarz <goawaybird AT verizon.net>
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2015 14:55:36 -0400
Thank you to Joe.

Proceed west from Williamsport on Clear Spring to 15370. The pond is on the 
right 50 yards or so beyond, and hidden by a bank as you proceed west. There is 
a sort of pull of on the left just at the pond but not visible from there. 
Climb the bank to view. A barn with red roof is a bit beyond. Note fence is 
electric. Drake Blue-wing also showed. Some patience may be needed as both only 
appeared after I had been there a few minutes. 


Kurt Schwarz
Ellicott City, Howard
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Subject: WashCo Eurasian wigeon continues
From: Kurt Schwarz <goawaybird AT verizon.net>
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2015 14:48:29 -0400
Thank you, Joe !




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Subject: EUCD--Eurasian Collared-Dove
From: Marcia Balestri <mebalestri AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2015 14:44:48 -0400

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Worcester, MD

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Subject: Re: EUCD
From: "Jlstasz via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2015 14:42:49 -0400
EUCD = Eurasian Collared-Dove
 
 
In a message dated 4/15/2015 2:39:18 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,  
mebalestri AT gmail.com writes:

At Figgs  Landing near end of road. 

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Subject: EUCD
From: Marcia Balestri <mebalestri AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2015 14:38:41 -0400
At Figgs Landing near end of road. 

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Subject: RE: Bitterns at Black Marsh, North Point, Balto Co.
From: Adam Parr <balaenopteron AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2015 11:23:32 -0700 (PDT)
Both bitterns continue as of 2:15 today the 15th. Thanks all, and good birding,

Adam Parr
Takoma Park

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Subject: Black-throated Blue at C&O Canal
From: scott bates <fennecfox1947 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2015 13:54:04 -0400
East side of the footbridge that crosses Little Catoctin Creek on the
towpath, 4/16.

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Subject: Wilson's Snipe?
From: Marcy Stutzman <marciastutzman AT netscape.net>
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2015 10:14:46 -0700 (PDT)
Yes, Wilson's Snipe are still at Oxbow Lake. They are around until about 
mid-May for the most part and then return in the fall. 


They are easier to find if you are scanning the area all around the peninsula 
with a scope. If they are feeding amongst the vegetation they just blend in 
with it. Watch for movement when they feed and/or walk. If they are standing in 
open water they are easier to see if you just have binoculars. 


Check out the eBird Hotspot for Oxbow Lake to see what is being reported: 
http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L470637 


If you go to this eBird map and select the hotspot icon for Oxbow Lake, you'll 
be able to see the range of dates for when they have been reported: 



http://ebird.org/ebird/map/wilsni1?bmo=01&emo=12&byr=1900&eyr=2015&env.minX=-76.859&env.minY=39.063&env.maxX=-76.759&env.maxY=39.163&gp=true 


Marcy Stutzman
Russett, MD 20724

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Subject: Silver Spring and Bethesda sightings
From: Rob Hilton <rob.hilton.2010 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2015 12:21:58 -0400
Before starting work this morning, I walked to the Whole Foods in downtown
Silver Spring.  I heard three HOUSE WRENS (my first of the year) singing
along my route, and encountered two singing CHIPPING SPARROWS in Nolte
Park.  While I was walking across the Whole Foods parking lot, I spied a
PEREGRINE FALCON flying over and around some buildings a few blocks off to
the northwest.  The falcon was surely on the north/west side of Colesville
Road.

Later I stopped by the National Library of Medicine on the NIH campus in
Bethesda.  I saw two or three TREE SWALLOWS flying around, and one perched
on a nest box.  A BARN SWALLOW and what looked like a Purple Martin were
also flying around high over campus.  I wished I had brought binoculars
with me.

Rob HIlton
Silver Spring

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Subject: Eurasian Wigeon Washington County
From: Joe Hanfman <auk1844 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2015 10:27:53 -0400
Just found a male Eurasian Wigeon at a small pond at 15370 Clear Spring Rd (MD 
68). 

Also 3 Blue-winged Teal.

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Joe Hanfman
Columbia, MD

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Subject: RE: Bitterns at Black Marsh, North Point, Balto Co.
From: "jcdlmartin via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2015 10:21:34 -0400
Both bitterns still present at 10:15. LEBI calling persistently and rather 
loudly. 


Joel Martin
Catonsville MD



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The American Bittern is again at the overflow with the Least Bittern calling in 
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Subject: Wilson's Snipe?
From: "'Elda Banks' via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2015 13:12:44 +0000 (UTC)
Are the Wilson's Snipes still at Oxbow Lake?  Every time we've gone it has 
been windy.  We've see no snipes.  Where do they go? Thank you.Elda 
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Subject: Glossy Ibises near Southern Middle School, Calvert
From: "'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2015 12:55:21 +0000 (UTC)
At about 8:15 this morning, I was headed north on Rt. 4 just past the turn to 
Calvert Cliffs State Park. I saw a small flock, 12-15 birds, flapping as they 
were descending. I assumed geese or ducks then when I got closer, I could see 
they had long decurved bills! I was only about 1/10 mile from Rt. 765 so I 
quick turned to go south but couldn't relocate them. I drove around Southern 
Middle School but felt uncomfortable trolling the parking lots thinking it 
might look suspicious. I don't see any really likely habitat for them from 
Google Earth so not sure where they might have landed. There have been some 
near Pt. Lookout that have just been foraging in flooded fields. Might be worth 
looking in some of the fields near there. I also looked in the ball fields 
northeast of the middle school but didn't see them there either. 

 Tyler Bell
jtylerbell AT yahoo.com
California, Maryland
 
   

  

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Subject: Bitterns at Black Marsh, North Point, Balto Co.
From: "'Leslie' via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2015 08:18:47 -0400
The American Bittern is again at the overflow with the Least Bittern calling in 
the background. 


Leslie Starr & Joe Turner
Baltimore

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Subject: RE: Snowy Egret McKee Beshers
From: Jim Green <jkgbirdman53 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2015 17:46:48 -0700
Nice find !

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Subject: [MDBirding] Snowy Egret McKee Beshers
Noon today.

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Germantown MD

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Subject: Snowy Egret Continues McKee Beshers, Mo Co
From: "'Mary Ann Todd' via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2015 19:40:04 -0400
Dave Czaplak & Mike Ostrowski re-located the Snowy Egret in the flooded field 
beyond the impoundments. 



Mary Ann Todd
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Subject: Fwd: DC Area, 4/14/2015
From: lydiaschindler AT verizon.net
Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2015 15:59:00 -0500 (CDT)




Subject: Both bitterns Black Marsh
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2015 16:11:59 -0400
Watching an American at the overflow while a Least is singing behind it. 

Worth coming out in the rain!

Tim Carney
Canton, MD

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Subject: No Snowy Hughes Hollow
From: "maryatodd2 via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2015 15:25:58 -0400
Just checked at 3:30.

Dog kennel up back road has lost black lab named Luke if you are at HH & see 
it. Please tell them. 


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Subject: Ferry Neck, southern Dorchester County, Ft. Smallwood, April 10-12, 2015.
From: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2015 18:30:08 +0000



















FERRY NECK, SOUTHERN DORCHESTER COUNTY, FT. SMALLWOOD, APRIL
10-12, 2015.  Still no Common
Yellowthroats for me yet.

 

APRIL 10, FRIDAY.  An
adult Bald Eagle right over Middletown, DE. 
At Ferry Neck, our place – Rigby’s Folly, arrive 3 P.M. 44 Buffleheads seen 
from our dock plus 3 

Common Loons, 8 Horned Grebes, and 2 American Black Ducks. Ten Painted Turtles 
in the Woods 4 vernal 

pool. Eleven deer in Field 2. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3. Three Gray Squirrels. 
Out at Lucy Point, 4:15-6:15, mostly overcast 

but occasional sun and blue sky patches, the very slightest sprinkles for just
a few minutes, DEAD calm but visibility good (excellent, in fact) for only a
mile or so, then shimmer and haze set in. 
60-70°F., low tide, COMPLETE LIST AT LUCY POINT: Surf Scoter 710,
Bufflehead 220, NORTHERN SHOVELER 4 (only c. 11 property records), Common Loon
8 (most observed catching Hogchokers; one individual loon seen to catch 3),
Great Egret 2, Lesser Scaup 11, Common Goldeneye 3, Osprey 4, Bald Eagle 1,
Horned Grebe 56, Northern Gannet 3, Double-crested Cormorant 3, Great Blue
Heron 1, Canada Goose 2, Laughing Gull 3, Herring Gull 3, Downy Woodpecker 1,
Northern Mockingbird 1.  A couple of
times I doze off here.  Nine deer seen
across Irish Creek at Holland Point.  The
only boat a Skipjack not under sail. 
Since last visit the Forsythia, daffodils, Skunk Cabbage, and willows
have come out, the wild roses starting to leaf. 
Things have dried out quite a bit, the lawn been cut for the 1st
time, and today the corn and milo stubble is being bush-hogged. Winds SW5 on 
arrival, NW5 at sunset, 

overcast.

 

APRIL 11, SATURDAY, in Dorchester County unless otherwise
specified.  Fair becoming clear, 51-62°F.,
calm then NW 10-15-20, falling at dusk. 
EGYPT ROAD, 8-10 A.M., run into Marta Wagner and bird with her here and
at Blackwater.  From Egypt Road: Wood
Duck 2, Common Loon 4 (high & distant and in unerring northward migration),
Double-crested Cormorant 13 (likewise), Northern Harrier 3, Sharp-shinned Hawk
1 (initially I ID this as a Barn Swallow … it’s a long story), Laughing 
Gull 

13, Caspian Tern 1, American Kestrel 4, Horned Lark 7 (one rising way, way up
in aerial display), Barn Swallow 1, Brown Thrasher 1, Field Sparrow 7 (all
singers), Slate-colored Junco 3, Eastern Meadowlark 5. Those scrubby area are 
great for the Field 

Sparrows and, at least last year, for Northern Bobwhite. Calling Spring Peepers 
and New Jersey Chorus 

Frogs.

 

BLACKWATER N.W.R., 10 A.M. – 1:15. Wood Duck 2, Gadwall 4, Northern Shoveler 
80, 

Green-winged Teal 50, Pied-billed Grebe 1, American White Pelican 13 (45 seen
April 10 and a few days before that Paul Baicich reported 145!), Snowy Egret 2,
Osprey 12, Bald Eagle 32, Northern Harrier 1, Red-tailed Hawk 6, Virginia Rail
4, Greater Yellowlegs 14, Lesser Yellowlegs 20, PECTORAL SANDPIPER 3 (Pool 3A),
Caspian Tern 1, Forster’s Tern 22, Northern Flicker 4, American Kestrel 3, 
Fish 

Crow 8, Purple Martin 3, Tree Swallow 45, Barn Swallow 1, Brown-headed Nuthatch
2, Pine Warbler 4, Eastern Meadowlark 2, and House Sparrow 3. NON-AVIAN TAXA: 
Mourning Cloak 1 and these 

turtles: Snapping 1, Painted 16, Mud 6 (all basking on the roads and
“rescued”), Redbelly Slider 14, Southern Leopard Frogs (Pool 1), Green Frog 
2 

near Visitor Center.

 

GUM SWAMP: Seven Painted Turtles. HIP ROOF ROAD, 1:35 P.M.: 6 Greater 
Yellowlegs, 

2 Lesser Yellowlegs, 1 Red-tailed Hawk, 5 Dunlin, 2 Painted Turtles. SWAN 
HARBOR, 1:45-3: 12ø 

Red-breasted Mergansers, 79 Dunlin, 8 Bonaparte’s Gulls, 1 Snowy Egret, 1
American Kestrel, 2 American Black Ducks, 14 Ospreys, 7 Sanderlings, only 1 
Bald 

Eagle, 14 Forster’s Terns, just 1 Bufflehead, 2 Lesser Yellowlegs. TAYLOR’S 
ISLAND, 4-5:45 P.M., < 

spectacular:  Horned Grebe 5, Lesser
Scaup 61,  Bufflehead 11, Rock Pigeon 14,
Turkey Vulture 30, House Sparrow 6, Osprey 12, Wild Turkey 2, Red-winged 
Blackbird 

90, Brown-headed Nuthatch 2, Greater Yellowlegs 9, Northern Gannet 2 (over the
Little Choptank River), Forster’s Tern 14, Great Egret 7, Bald Eagle only 3,
American Kestrel 1, Barn Swallow 2, Ruddy Duck 3, Mallard 6, Canada Goose 21,
and Mourning Dove 7.  NON-AVIAN TAXA  AT 
Taylor’s I.: feral rabbit 1, Gray Squirrel 1, Deer 11, Mud Turtle 1 
(roadkill), 

and New Jersey Chorus Frog 3.  SLAUGHTER
CREEK, 5:45-6 P.M.: 4 Bald Eagles, 9 Tree Swallows. Back at FERRY NECK: 7 deer 
at Heron Point 

Road, 4 deer in our Field 7.

 

APRIL 12, SUNDAY.  FERRY NECK at
LUCY POINT.  7:15-8:30 A.M.  Low tide, 44°F., CRYSTAL clear, NO shimmer,
DEAD calm, perhaps the most perfect visibility I’ve ever seen here. From our 
shoreline to the shipping channel in 

mid Bay is 13 miles.  Here a WALLENIUS
WILHEMSEN freighter is passing south, those letters easily distinguished
through my 32X Leica scope as the ship headed past the Sharps Island
light.  Complete Lucy Point list: Surf
Scoter 1,180, Long-tailed Duck 450, Bufflehead 190, Lesser Scaup 115, Northern
Gannet 4 (at rest on the water), Common Loon 11, Red-throated Loon 9, Horned
Grebe 62, Canada Goose 2, Double-crested Cormorant 18, Bonaparte’s Gull 2,
Herring Gull 9, Barn Swallow 2, Common Goldeneye 14ø, and a Muskrat steaming
along the shoreline, heading towards Tranquility. Only 1 boat seen, a sport 
fishing boat. Beautiful scene. Houses on the western shore easily seen, 

clearly, from a distance of 18 miles.  A
tableau of nothing less than splendor with all the many hundreds of fowl and
dozens of square miles of Choptank River and Chesapeake Bay waters showing to
the best possible advantage. 

 

FORT SMALLWOOD PARK, Anne Arundel County.  10:45 – 4:45. 
Apologies to MD-BIRDING subscribers, but listed below are the raptor
totals for April 11 & 12 because many of the folks I send my field notes to
do not see MD-BIRDING.  A Caspian Tern dives
frequently into the pond to catch small fishes that look like Mummichogs. 
Offshore pretty close are good numbers of 

Horned Grebes, Lesser Scaup, and Buffleheads. 
Bonaparte’s Gulls are everywhere, over the woods, Bay, and pond. Turtles of 
several species bask on the pond 

and on a log, including non-native Red-eared Sliders that have been released
here.  I got wind that Woodchucks are now
in the park.  Nice to sit here between
the Bay and the pond with woodlands nearby and chat with some of the
regulars.  There is what appears to be a
Beaver lodge on the edge of the pond. 
Resident Bald Eagles, Ospreys, Cooper’s Hawks, and Red-shouldered Hawks
confuse the issue, but Sue Ricciardi is able to sort them out from migrants on
the basis of behavior, location, and other variables. Numbers in parentheses 
are yesterday’s (April 

11), which may prove to be the “best” day of the year. Black Vulture (16) 
6; Turkey Vulture (152) 195; Osprey (85) 9; Bald Eagle (4) 3; Northern Harrier 
(32) 2; Sharp-shinned Hawk (123) 18; Cooper’s Hawk (19) 9; Red-shouldered 
Hawk (21) 3; Broad-winged Hawk (401) 9; Red-tailed Hawk (4) 2; American Kestrel 
(187) 4; Merlin (11) 0. unID’d raptors (3) 0. TOTALS: (1,039) 260. Offshore 
great ships pass headed into 

Baltimore harbor or out down the Bay. 
Also on April 11: 1,000± Bonaparte’s Gulls and 2, possibly 3, Little
Gulls.

 

MISCELLANEOUS:  On Saturday I
hear that as many as 9 Golden Eagles wintered in Dorchester County (a record, I
think), most often seen in areas north of Blackwater, such as Buttons Neck and
Decoursey Bridge roads, since they prefer big blocks of contiguous land rather
than peninsular and wetland places. 
Omitted from a previous report: 12 Wilson’s Snipe flushed from a ditch
on Bestpitch Ferry Road just west of the big chicken coups on March 28. Here in 
Philadelphia new yard high counts of Chipping 

Sparrow: 17 on April 7, 18 on April 8.  

 

Terrific new book: The eponym dictionary of birds by Bo
Beolens, Michael Watkins & Michael Grayson (Bloomsbury, 2014, 624pp.,
$86.00).  Contains information on >
4,100 persons for whom birds have been named, whether those names are current
or obsolete, for species or subspecies, surname or given name, “Latin” or
English names, et al.  Here one can find
out about Craveri, Le Conte, Xantus, Kittzlitz, Nelson, Lincoln, Cory,
Bonaparte, Smith, Virginia, Kirtland, Lucy, the various Sclaters, Levaillant,
Cretzchsmar, Krecmer, Kretschmer, the King of Saxony, Leach, Hume, and
“Lollipop and Peggy Sue and Golly Miss Molly were even there, too”, and the
entire gang.  However, there is no
mention of Sutton’s Warbler.  Described
are some of the fraudulent activities of Xanthus and Meinertzhagen.. The 
authors are responsible for other books 

on eponymic mammals, amphibians, and reptiles. 
If persons described in this book have had taxa other than birds named
after them, this is mentioned also. 
Fascinating.  A reference book of
the first order.

 

Best to all. – Harry Armistead, Philadelphia.        





 		 	   		  

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Subject: Snowy Egret McKee Beshers
From: "maryatodd2 via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2015 14:06:30 -0400
Noon today. 

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Subject: foy white eyed vireo - Piscataway NP boardwalk
From: Joe Wolf <birdingwolf55 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2015 07:27:27 -0700 (PDT)
went to Piscataway NP boardwalk (Accokeek Creek) over lunch yesterday. I hadn't 
been there for about a week and there was a noticeable increase in the bird 
activity. Of note: 


foy white eyed vireo

blue gray gnatcatcher

dark eyed junco

a pair of osprey hovering / fishing around the shoreline

noticeable by their absence were the gulls - none seen at all

full ebird report here:  http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22857519

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Subject: Masonville 4/13/2015
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2015 05:19:57 -0700 (PDT)
Official census conducted yesterday afternoon. Quiet, but several breeders are 
back on territory. Highlights: 


Gadwall 4
Redhead 1, late, a male in the DMCF
Red-breasted Merganser 1
Horned Grebe 3
Great Egret 1
Bonaparte's Gull 5
Peregrine Falcon 1, eating a gull
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Hermit Thrush 1
Savannah Sparrow 12

Ospreys and Red-shouldered Hawks on nests. Tree and Barn Swallows checking out 
possible nest sites. 


Full eBird list: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22856871

Tim Carney
Canton, MD

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Subject: American Bittern at Black Marsh
From: Michael Bradley <michaelbradley023 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2015 03:41:07 -0700 (PDT)
Yesterday at Black Marsh NPSP around 7pm. Some photographers showed me a 
picture of a bird they found. American Bittern. They said it was down by the 
overflow. When I got there, it was just crouched there frozen in an intense 
stare down at the water. I had glasses on for quite a while without any 
movement .... I felt so lucky to see this bird. I've only had fleeting looks at 
an American Bittern before. So I just watched through my glasses. There was no 
movement for 8 to 10 minutes. Then it craned it's head towards me. And seem to 
give me a cartoonish angry look. I have to say it was a little scary through 
the Binoculars. I slowly backed away to leave it be. Great bird on a beautiful 
day. Thanks to Gale and husband, who have put up a very nice photo of the bird 
in the Maryland Nature Photographers Face book page. 

Bird On!
Michael

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Subject: Pennyfield Lock C&O canal Warblers
From: "'diane Ford' via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2015 02:55:24 +0000 (UTC)
Hi all,   I got to the canal later in the morning, and like Linda Friedland's 
post it worked well- Prairie singing, Yellow-rumped, Common Yellow-throat, B& W 
Louisiana Waterthrush, Purple Finch ( Chris W. spotted them )-heard some more, 
but had to shorten walk. Green-wing Teal & Blue-wing teal present. 

Some White-throated Sparrows lingering also.
D.Ford/Bethesda, Md.

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Subject: Purple Finches in Rockville
From: David Spitzer <spitzerdm AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Apr 2015 18:17:10 -0700 (PDT)
This is my first posting here; I just recently learned of the group. Yesterday, 
4/12/15, I had as many as 6 Purple Finch at my feeders simultaneously. Here are 
two of my better photos. 


David Spitzer
Rockville, MD

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Subject: Hart-Miller Island, 04/13/15
From: Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Apr 2015 21:09:17 -0400
04/13/15 – 715am-3pm

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



WEATHER: MC/Fair, 49-69 degrees, ESE 3K- SE 10K

OBS: Jeff Culler, Kevin Graff, Joe Hanfman, Jim McBee



Canada Goose – 35

*TUNDRA SWAN – 5 (1 adult, 4 immature)

Wood Duck – 6

Gadwall – 91

American Wigeon – 20

American Black Duck – 30

Mallard – 26

Blue-winged Teal – 7

Northern Shoveler – 256

Green-winged Teal – 22

Ring-necked Duck – 27

Greater Scaup – 14

Lesser Scaup – 610

Scaup sp – 70

Bufflehead – 130

Hooded Merganser – 2
*COMMON MERGANSER – 4 (most flyovers N)

Red-breasted Merganser – 19

Ruddy Duck – 52

*RED-THROATED LOON – 41 (most flyovers N, including single flock of 31)

Common Loon – 18 (most flyovers N)

Pied-billed Grebe – 5

Horned Grebe – 4

Double-crested Cormorant – 774

Great Blue Heron – 14

Snowy Egret – 3

Black Vulture – 1

Turkey Vulture – 2

Osprey – 12

Bald Eagle – 3

Northern Harrier – 2

American Kestrel – 2

Peregrine Falcon – 1

American Coot – 197

*BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER – 1

Killdeer – 8

Greater Yellowlegs – 6

Lesser Yellowlegs – 8

Wilson’s Snipe – 1

*BONAPARTE'S GULL – 464

*LITTLE GULL – 1 (adult)

Ring-billed Gull – 48

Herring Gull – 229

*LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL – 1 (2nd year)

Great Black-backed Gull – 96

Caspian Tern – 168

Mourning Dove – 4

Red-bellied Woodpecker – 1

Downy Woodpecker – 1

Hairy Woodpecker – 1

Northern Flicker – 5

Fish Crow – 2

Tree Swallow – 166

Barn Swallow – 5

Carolina Chickadee – 1

Tufted Titmouse – 3

White-breasted Nuthatch – 1

Carolina Wren – 4

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher – 2

Ruby-crowned Kinglet – 3

American Robin – 4

European Starling – 5

Northern Parula – 1

Yellow-rumped Warbler – 1

Song Sparrow – 11

Swamp Sparrow – 2

White-throated Sparrow – 6

Northern Cardinal – 10

Red-winged Blackbird – 99

Brown-headed Cowbird – 7

American Goldfinch – 8

SPECIES: 70    INDIVIDUALS: 3889



MAMMALS: Red Fox – 1



REPTILES: Red-bellied Turtle – 1



BUTTERFLIES

Cabbage White – 2

Painted Lady – 1



DRAGONFLIES: C Green Darner – 1




      Kevin Graff

      Jarrettsville, MD

      KeyWeststyle2001 AT gmail.com

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Subject: Yellow-crowned Night Heron in Towson
From: Taylor McLean <mcleant11 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Apr 2015 19:16:05 -0400
On my lunch break, I did a quick drive by and saw 2 Yellow-crowned Night 
Herons, and then further south near a stream that leads into Lake Roland (from 
the north) I had a Pine Siskin singing its rising "zeeeeeeeeeeee" song. 

Areas are not really accessible.
Good birding!

Taylor Mclean
Towson, MD
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Subject: Common Merganser, North Beach
From: Michael Roane <roane.michael AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Apr 2015 15:30:22 -0700 (PDT)
Three Common Mergansers dropped into the marsh pond at North Beach this 
afternoon. Two were females; the third may have been an immature. I had seen 
six or seven fly over the pond on Saturday, but they didn't stay. These flew in 
from the Bay which I could see white capping across the road. Maybe they just 
wanted to get a little quiet water. The pond can't be more than two feet deep 
at most, but they were excitedly diving for minnows. I actually got a photo of 
one coming up with a minnow in it's mouth. 


There was also a Great Egret at the pond, mostly resting on the edge. I saw one 
a couple of weeks ago, but this is the first that has actually stayed. It 
looked small to me but had all the markings of an adult. 


There were also four or five Snowy Egrets, a small contingent of Green-winged 
Teal and some Mallards. I saw no shore birds but the pond was "high" and there 
was little mud showing to attract the Snipe and Sandpipers that have been 
present lately. 


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Subject: MD/VA Little Gull continues
From: Timothy Boucher <timothyboucherbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Apr 2015 14:02:45 -0700 (PDT)
We saw the Little Gull nicely off the Belle Haven marina at 4pm this afternoon. 
Often by itself or with a couple of bonapartes gulls. 


Cheers 
Tim. Boucher
Bethesda md 

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Subject: Weekend Highlights (PG Co.)
From: Frank Marenghi <frank_marenghi AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Apr 2015 14:01:20 -0700 (PDT)

I birded Saturday morning April 11, at Governor's Bridge Natural Area with 
Winger West, Marcy Stutzman, and Jen Dwyer. Highlights included no less than 96 
Rusty Blackbirds in several groups flushing from the flooded woods and wetland 
areas just after dawn. Many headed north but a couple dozen remained to be 
found later in the morning as well. FOY Palm Warblers and Broad-winged Hawk. 
Thirteen Common Loons (breeding plumage) were seen migrating overhead in two 
groups (7+5), which are always nice to see over land. 


Sunday April 12, Jen and I birded at Merkle/Patuxent River Park where we had 7 
warbler species including our FOY Ovenbirds (2), Parulas (2), and 
Yellow-throated Warblers (several). A flock of about 80 Bonaparte's Gulls at 
Jackson's Landing was nice but could not pick out anything rarer. A few Caspian 
Terns here as well. In the afternoon at Merkle we enjoyed our first Purple 
Martins along with the expected species. Number of butterflies also picked up 
and I was quite pleased to find my first Henry's Elfins (2) of the year along 
with several other species including a migrant Red Admiral. Watersnake and 
Five-line Skink rounded out the first of the spring time observations. Links to 
ebird lists below. 



Good Birding,

Frank Marenghi
Crownsville, MD


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22801052

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22827002

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22827407

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22827770

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Subject: Purple Finches in Elkton
From: Patricia Valdata <pvaldata1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Apr 2015 16:37:49 -0400
Add our feeder to the ones attracting Purple Finches on their way north. We
have a male and a brownie currently enjoying our seed and birdbath. Fun to
see how much bigger they are compared with Goldfinches. The Goldfinch
chatter is incessant out there. Interesting to see how much yellower they
have gotten in the past few days. Seems to be an inverse relationship with
the witch hazel, which has shed almost all of its Goldfinch-colored petals.

We have a pair of Phoebes now. I guess all the singing the male did last
week attracted a mate. They are now inspecting our house for nest sites.
Carolina Wrens have been checking out the garage shelves again.

In the next state over, I enjoyed seeing my FOS Black-crowned Night Herons
and Blue-Grey Gnatcatchers yesterday, and heard my FOS Marsh Wren.

Pat Valdata
Elkton, MD

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Subject: late morning Swan Creek Wetland
From: Lynne Parks <v.lynneparks AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Apr 2015 13:19:48 -0700 (PDT)
I took a late morning walk at Swan Creek. A FOY Prairie Warbler made an 
appearance which was very nice, but the House Wren, female Eastern Towhee, and 
the Brown Thrasher hanging out on a decaying log together won the sweet/funny 
award for the day. There was good eating, I'm sure. The Caspian Terns were 
cutting the air, heads dipping as they looked for lunch. There was that moment 
when nearly on top of them the snipe rose in a panic, circled around me, flush 
called, and settled back down into the reeds. 

The Prairie showed up on the right side of the path, in the vine tangled trees, 
as I headed toward the wetland. 

Lynne

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Subject: Gaithersburg (Mont. Co.) migrants, Apr. 13
From: Scott Baron <baron.scott AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Apr 2015 14:18:20 -0400
Hi,

Birding was mostly slow this morning in my neighborhood but I had two
singing House Wrens in Malcolm King Park in Gaithersburg this morning.
Early birds for this late spring.  Other birds of interest include a silent
Prairie Warbler and calling Purple Finch.

Scott Baron
Gaithersburg, Md.

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Subject: FOY yardbirds, Bethesda, Mont. Co.
From: "Jim Nelson" <kingfishers2 AT verizon.net>
Date: Mon, 13 Apr 2015 13:53:03 -0400
Now that spring has finally arrived, and we can spend more time on the deck, 
we’re starting to find some new arrivals in our small backyard in Bethesda. 
Yesterday we had our first-of-year Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, and today at lunch a 
male Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)dropped by, well into his breeding plumage. 


Jim Nelson
Bethesda, MD

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Subject: Re: Fw: Re: [Va-bird] Little Gull at Dyke Marsh [in MD waters]
From: Mark Rositol <mrositol510 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Apr 2015 09:58:09 -0700 (PDT)
This is the same spot I viewed a Little Gull last year. At that time I just 
figured it was a great Virginia bird. But one of the VA birders explained to me 
that it was mostly in Maryland waters at the time we were viewing. When I got 
home, I looked up the maps on the internet. I was viewing it from the Belle 
Haven Marina which is just North of the Dyke Marsh Trail last year. The border 
for MD waters is not as far out at this point, as it is further north towards 
the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. I have had fun in this area with learning all the 
borders. It is a good place to pick up birds for both MD and DC(further north 
towards Jones Point Park) If I wasn't doing my taxes, I would be out there 
trying to find it. 


Mark Rositol
Fort Washington, MD

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Subject: FOY Prairie Warbler at Swan Creek
From: Lynne Parks <v.lynneparks AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Apr 2015 09:49:54 -0700 (PDT)
I had a late morning at Swan Creek Wetland and that afforded a FOY Prairie 
Warbler. Here they come! 

Lynne

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Subject: Cromwell Valley Park Invasive Plant Removal
From: "'John Canoles' via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Apr 2015 12:38:16 -0400
MD Birders -


A joint effort which includes members of the Baltimore Bird Club, Cromwell 
Valley Park, Baltimore County Council on Environmental Quality, and Baltimore 
County Department of Public Works is underway to maintain, enhance and expand 
the old field habitats at Cromwell Valley Park. This effort will benefit a wide 
variety of birds, butterflies and other wildlife. 



A critical element of this project will be the control/removal of invasive 
species. This, combined with strategic mowing practices, will maximize viable 
old field habitat at the park throughout the year. We are hopeful that this may 
serve as a demonstration program that can then be expanded to other County 
owned properties, but it will require much volunteer effort. Because it is much 
easier for the County to just mow these fields, we have to show our dedication 
and effort to impress upon the County the true value and benefit of these old 
field habitats. Through meetings with the County we have made great progress in 
informing them of our goals and helping them see the value of old field habitat 
and convincing them to become part of the project. 



Now we have to put our words into action!! As part of that effort, Cromwell 
Valley Park is hosting several days of invasive species removal projects that 
kick off the old field restoration project. See the attached flier for updating 
dates and contact information. 



Please join in the effort and be part of the solution.


Thanks -



John Canoles
Eco-Science Professionals, Inc.
P.O. Box 5006 Glen Arm, MD 21057

Phone (410) 832-2480
Fax (410) 832-2488

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Subject: Warblers plus Blue-headed Vireo at Pennyfield
From: Linda Friedland <linnet1 AT verizon.net>
Date: Mon, 13 Apr 2015 11:58:35 -0400
Sometimes a later start pays off. Around 10:30 a.m. there was a burst of 
activity about 1/4 mile upstream of Pennyfield Lock. Foraging high in 
the sycamores FOY Northern Parula, Black-and-white and Prairie in 
addition to Yellow-throated and Yellow-rumped. A bit further upstream  
Blue-headed Vireo.

Linda Friedland
Montgomery Bird Club

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