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Canada Warbler,©Douglas Pratt

26 Feb Tree Swallows at CBEC [Martha Morris ]
26 Feb Shovelers in the Turning Basis ["gyrfal via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
26 Feb BH Nuthatches Charles County [Kurt Schwarz ]
25 Feb Chesapeake Audubon Field Trip at Loch Raven Res., 2/25/17 [Tim Houghton ]
25 Feb Love is in the Air... [Kojo Baidoo ]
25 Feb Howard County Waterfowl Search []
25 Feb Raven (late report) [Janet Millenson ]
25 Feb EBird apologizes [David Powell ]
25 Feb Wood Ducks [Debbie Terry ]
25 Feb Blue-winged Teal at Paper Mill Flats [Robert McLean ]
24 Feb Fort Smallwood Park Hawkwatch Friday, February 24, 2017 20 Raptors [SUE RICCIARDI ]
24 Feb Fwd: Night flight over Pasadena (2/24) [George Jett ]
25 Feb Night flight over Pasadena (2/24) ["'Bill Hubick' via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
24 Feb Re: Canada geese, eastern phoebe Plus Mourning Cloak [Georgia McDonald ]
24 Feb Tree Swallows at CBEC [Barbara Johnson ]
24 Feb Red-headed WPs - Loudon County ["David Moulton, Bethesda, MD" ]
24 Feb Re: Re: Le Conte's Sparrow, Harford Co. [Andy Beiderman ]
24 Feb Pine Warbler in eastern Howard County, February 24 [Jim Wilkinson ]
24 Feb Horned Grebe migration question [Patricia Valdata ]
24 Feb Re: Canada Geese heading North [Sarah Romero ]
24 Feb Canada geese, eastern phoebe [gmcdonald2006 ]
24 Feb Re: More signs of Spring [Thomas Harten ]
24 Feb More signs of Spring [Warblerick ]
24 Feb Re: Signs of spring [Gail Mackiernan ]
24 Feb Signs of spring [brent byers ]
24 Feb Canada Geese heading North [James Wilson ]
23 Feb 2nd annual bird conservation summit at Patuxent NWR, March 4th [David Curson ]
23 Feb Am. Woodcocks - Sycamore Landing Rd, Mont Co [Andy Martin ]
23 Feb RE: Re: Cedar Waxwing by the dozen - Salisbury []
23 Feb Re: Cedar Waxwing by the dozen - Salisbury [Warblerick ]
23 Feb Re: Cedar Waxwing by the dozen - Salisbury [JimC ]
23 Feb Re: Re: Le Conte's Sparrow, Harford Co. [Tim Carney ]
23 Feb Re: Re: Le Conte's Sparrow, Harford Co. [Kurt Schwarz ]
23 Feb Re: Le Conte's Sparrow, Harford Co. [Hugh David Fleischmann ]
23 Feb Red-headed Woodpeckers - Queen Anne's [Joe Hanfman ]
23 Feb Wild Turkey at Schoolhouse Pond [Karen Caruso ]
23 Feb Re: FOY Fox Sparrow in Backyard, right on time, Bethesda, Mont. Co. ["'MikeBowen' via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
23 Feb DC - Roosevelt Island Access [Art Drauglis ]
22 Feb hello Howard Elitzak [Stephen Johnson ]
22 Feb Egypt Rd and Blackwater NWR - Spring in January?! [Karen Caruso ]
22 Feb Le Conte's Sparrow, Harford Co. [Tim Carney ]
22 Feb Razorbill at the Inlet this morning [Marcia Balestri ]
22 Feb Masonville Cove []
22 Feb Re: Spring is in the air (and yard). [Warblerick ]
22 Feb Re: Cedar Waxwing by the dozen - Salisbury [blueheron05 ]
22 Feb Re: Spring is in the air (and yard). [Frank Boyle ]
22 Feb Wild Turkey at Schoolhouse Pond [Fred Shaffer ]
21 Feb Fwd: DC Area, 2/21/2017 [Lydia Schindler ]
21 Feb Maryland Bird Conservation Partnership needs Bald Eagle nest monitors [Chris Eberly ]
21 Feb Spring is in the air (and yard). [Warblerick ]
21 Feb Re: Cedar Waxwing by the dozen - Salisbury [Warblerick ]
21 Feb Cedar Waxwing by the dozen - Salisbury [JimC ]
21 Feb Poplar Island 2/17/2017 [Tim Carney ]
21 Feb Did migration start? ["Steve Long" ]
20 Feb 5921 PWR Bird Feeder Site - GBBC eBird [COMPOSITE] Report [JAMES SPEICHER ]
20 Feb Eurasian Wigeon at Violette's Lock [Fred Shaffer ]
20 Feb Re: Panama trip... [JimC ]
20 Feb Re: Out of area bird question harlequin duck w Virginia? [world oceans ]
20 Feb Out of area bird question harlequin duck w Virginia? [Warblerick ]
20 Feb Re: Out of area bird question harlequin duck w Virginia? ["'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
20 Feb Out of area bird question harlequin duck w Virginia? [Art Drauglis ]
19 Feb Dorchester Golden Eagle [Andy Martin ]
20 Feb dceaglecam - first egg laid [Anna Urciolo ]
19 Feb RE: Tree Swallows, Hughes Hollow, Montgomery Co. 2/19/17 [Pat Valdata ]
19 Feb Out of area bird question harlequin duck w Virginia? [Warblerick ]
19 Feb Fort Smallwood Park Hawkwatch [SUE RICCIARDI ]
19 Feb Out of area bird question harlequin duck w Virginia? [Lisa Garrett ]
19 Feb Tree Swallows, Hughes Hollow, Montgomery Co. 2/19/17 [Jim Nelson ]
19 Feb Vesper Sparrow at Cromwell Valley Park Baltimore County [marian rutigliano ]
19 Feb Common riders [Anna Urciolo ]
19 Feb Common Eiders [Anna Urciolo ]
19 Feb Blandair Park ["'Sarah Romero' via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
18 Feb Blandair Park, Columbia ["'Sarah Romero' via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
18 Feb Puddle Ducks at Oxbow Nature Preserve ["kvulture via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
18 Feb Re: Fishing at Blue Mash? [Andy Martin ]
19 Feb Re: Fishing at Blue Mash? ["'diane Ford' via Maryland & DC Birding" ]

Subject: Tree Swallows at CBEC
From: Martha Morris <mmorris5301 AT juno.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 14:56:18 -0800 (PST)
What is CBEC?

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Subject: Shovelers in the Turning Basis
From: "gyrfal via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 14:31:20 -0500
Between at least 1 and 2 PM today, there were five Northern Shovelers in the 
Turning Basin just upstream from Riley's Lock. 3 males in gorgeous breeding 
plumage and 2 females. 



In over 25 years of walking the towpath, I don't think I have ever seen this 
species in the canal. If I am mistaken, it certainly was not in February! 





Bob Mumford
Daarnestown

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Subject: BH Nuthatches Charles County
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 13:49:52 +0000
They continue at Southern Park by playground. At least 3. One basked in the
sun for photos!
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Ellicott City, Howard County
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Subject: Chesapeake Audubon Field Trip at Loch Raven Res., 2/25/17
From: Tim Houghton <timhoughton AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 17:25:19 -0500 (EST)
The participants had a great time in beautiful conditions during a field trip 
led by Brad Phoebus--covering several locations. We found at least 45 species 
and enjoyed lots of good looks. Some of the birds: tundra swan, greater scaup, 
redhead, common goldeneye (female), red-necked grebe, bald eagle, field 
sparrow, golden-crowned kinglet, and brown creeper. 



Tim Houghton

(Glen Arm)

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Subject: Love is in the Air...
From: Kojo Baidoo <baidookojo6 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 14:33:41 -0800 (PST)
I decided to go out for a little while this morning and see what I could find 
in the hour before I left for a piano lesson. Per usual, I started by visiting 
the nest of the Red-shoulders, Apollo and Hera, and pretty soon both showed up. 
Apollo seemed to be a little on edge, not letting me get as close as in the 
past, which I also remember happening when they started to prepare for the 
breeding season last year. After playing a bit of hide and seek with him, I 
sort of "walked in" on the pair mating. This seemed to be very unusual, about a 
month early, actually. I did start to see both birds renovating the nest last 
Monday, although that seemed to be on schedule, so I assumed the warm weather 
was not affecting their usual pattern, but this seems to contradict that 
assumption. Though delighted to see that they are getting on with the breeding 
process, I do worry that if the temperature falls again to be more fitting of 
the time of year, and Hera lays eggs too soon, then they could freeze. 
Hopefully that won't happen, though. I didn't have any spring arrivals, 
although with the warm weather I can't help looking up for hawks I know won't 
be there. To conclude, it was a pretty good day, and I hope to see Apollo and 
Hera get busy again tomorrow. 


Kojo Baidoo
Reisterstown, MD

Male: 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/132863360 AT N02/32299618183/in/dateposted-public/ 


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Subject: Howard County Waterfowl Search
From: krschwa1 AT verizon.net
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 09:37:23 -0600 (CST)




Subject: Raven (late report)
From: Janet Millenson <janet AT twocrows.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 13:28:20 -0500
Yesterday around this time I heard a raven calling repeatedly (location: 
Potomac Village). That probably explains why the local crows were rather 
agitated too.


Janet Millenson
Potomac, MD (Montgomery County)
janet AT twocrows.com
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Subject: EBird apologizes
From: David Powell <seneca.ranger AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 16:47:23 +0000
My apologies for the eBird report for Thick-billed Murre, Tri-colored Heron
and Red-necked Grebe. The ebird report was supposed to be an historical
data entry.

Dave

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Subject: Wood Ducks
From: Debbie Terry <dterry12 AT verizon.net>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 13:35:53 -0500
A pair of Wood Ducks were seen flying along Western Run east of Hunt Valley 
this morning . Also heard was a singing Eastern Phoebe. 


Debbie Terry
dterry12 AT verizon.net
Cockeysville, MD

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Subject: Blue-winged Teal at Paper Mill Flats
From: Robert McLean <tmclean1090 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 11:47:10 -0500
I saw a male Blue-winged Teal at Paper Mill Flats; there were also a group
of over 50 Green-winged Teal, 4 Killdeer, and not too many other ducks.

Good birding!

Taylor McLean
Balto. Co.
Towson, MD

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Subject: Fort Smallwood Park Hawkwatch Friday, February 24, 2017 20 Raptors
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 23:07:20 -0500 (EST)
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA


Daily Raptor Counts: Feb 24, 2017
Species 	Day's Count 	Month Total 	Season Total
Black Vulture 	0 	0 	0
Turkey Vulture 	18 	18 	18
Osprey 	0 	0 	0
Bald Eagle 	0 	0 	0
Northern Harrier 	0 	0 	0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 	0 	0 	0
Cooper's Hawk 	0 	0 	0
Northern Goshawk 	0 	0 	0
Red-shouldered Hawk 	1 	1 	1
Broad-winged Hawk 	0 	0 	0
Red-tailed Hawk 	1 	1 	1
Rough-legged Hawk 	0 	0 	0
Golden Eagle 	0 	0 	0
American Kestrel 	0 	0 	0
Merlin 	0 	0 	0
Peregrine Falcon 	0 	0 	0
Unknown Accipiter 	0 	0 	0
Unknown Buteo 	0 	0 	0
Unknown Falcon 	0 	0 	0
Unknown Eagle 	0 	0 	0
Unknown Raptor 	0 	0 	0
Total: 	20 	20 	20

Observation start time: 	10:00:00
Observation end time: 	14:00:00
Total observation time: 	4 hours
Official Counter 	Sue Ricciardi
Observers: 	Bill Hubick

Visitors:
3
Weather:
Partly cloudy; 68-72 degrees; visibility excellent; winds southerly 5-12 mph 
gusting to 17 mph 

Raptor Observations:
First day of the count for the season and the southerly winds and warm 
temperatures came through with 20 migrants. Also two local Bald Eagles and 16 
Black Vultures up and about. 

Non-raptor Observations:
A few migrant flocks of Canada Geese and Common Grackles; 4 Gadwalls; 6 
Northern Shovelers; complete ebird checklist : 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/email?subID=S34772466 

Also basking turtles everywhere and a couple of Spring Peepers


Report submitted by Sue Ricciardi (susiericc AT comcast.net 
mailto: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.

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Subject: Fwd: Night flight over Pasadena (2/24)
From: George Jett <gmjett AT verizon.net>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 22:08:00 -0500
Folks

I finally got a killdeer on my yard list yesterday. Who would have thought 
Sandhill Crane and Raven would be before killdeer. 


Woodcocks are displaying at the end of Mallard lane.  2 tonight.

Cheers 

George
Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

> From: "'Bill Hubick' via Maryland & DC Birding" 
> Date: February 24, 2017 at 9:43:00 PM EST
> To: Maryland & DC Birding 
> Subject: [MDBirding] Night flight over Pasadena (2/24)
> Reply-To: Bill Hubick 
> 
> Hi Everyone,
> 
> I've been putting up a mercury vapor light for moths and other insects on 
warm nights to see what I can document in terms of very early season insect 
records for Maryland Biodiversity Project. This evening I heard several 
high-flying RING-BILLED GULLs and a KILLDEER passing overhead. KILLDEER did 
recently reappear at Fort Smallwood Park. At Fort Smallwood Park this morning, 
the girls and I were happy to see Sue Ricciardi on her way to the hawk watch. 
Just before we had watched two TURKEY VULTUREs flying high and due north - my 
first presumed migrants for the season. 

> 
> Good birding,
> 
> Bill
>  
> Bill Hubick
> Pasadena, Maryland
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Subject: Night flight over Pasadena (2/24)
From: "'Bill Hubick' via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 02:43:00 +0000 (UTC)
Hi Everyone,
I've been putting up a mercury vapor light for moths and other insects on warm 
nights to see what I can document in terms of very early season insect records 
for Maryland Biodiversity Project. This evening I heard several high-flying 
RING-BILLED GULLs and a KILLDEER passing overhead. KILLDEER did recently 
reappear at Fort Smallwood Park. At Fort Smallwood Park this morning, the girls 
and I were happy to see Sue Ricciardi on her way to the hawk watch. Just before 
we had watched two TURKEY VULTUREs flying high and due north - my first 
presumed migrants for the season. 


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

http://www.marylandbiodiversity.com
http://www.facebook.com/MarylandBiodiversity

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Subject: Re: Canada geese, eastern phoebe Plus Mourning Cloak
From: Georgia McDonald <gmcdonald2006 AT verizon.net>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 19:51:32 -0500
Four leisurely hours walking the Poplar Hill trail near Loch Raven 
reservoir.  Best birds were First of Season Eastern Phoebe & 11 skeins 
of migrating Canada Geese.  Total of 27 bird species plus 2 FOS Mourning 
Cloak butterfly

Canada Goose
Common Merganser
Mallard
Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Black Vulture
Red-tailed Hawk
Killdeer
Mourning Dove
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy WP
Northern Flicker
Pileated WP
Eastern Phoebe
American Crow
Blue Jay
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
White-throated Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Dark-eyed Junco
American Goldfinch

Georgia McDonald     Towson, Balt Co

On 2/24/2017 9:23 AM, gmcdonald2006 wrote:
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>
> Loch Raven poplar hill trail.
>
> Georgia McDonald.  Towson
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Subject: Tree Swallows at CBEC
From: Barbara Johnson <barbarajohnson222 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:17:06 -0800 (PST)
7 swallows seen along Discovery Lane, in flight, on lines and nest boxes.  

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Subject: Red-headed WPs - Loudon County
From: "David Moulton, Bethesda, MD" <moulton.davidh AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 10:56:01 -0800 (PST)
There is a reliable spot for RHWO in Northern VA right now -- go to the 
Athletic Complex parking lot at Algonkian Regional Park. Find the children's 
play area in the woods north of the complex, next to the Heritage Trail. Go to 
the fence at the back of the play area, look and listen. There are at least 
three adults active there. 


Good birding.

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Subject: Re: Re: Le Conte's Sparrow, Harford Co.
From: Andy Beiderman <aandyy AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 10:43:53 -0800 (PST)
I just saw this and wanted to correct that I didn't relocate it :) Jim and Josh 
got eyes on the bird and I happened to be the person to spread the word. Just 
wanted to give credit where credit is due! 


Andy Beiderman
Baltimore, MD

On Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 11:28:22 AM UTC-5, Tim Carney wrote:
> The Le Conte's Sparrow was relocated near the blind by Andy Beiderman et al. 
around 10:25. 

> 
> Tim Carney
> Nottingham, MD

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Subject: Pine Warbler in eastern Howard County, February 24
From: Jim Wilkinson <lakekoshare AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 09:39:24 -0800 (PST)
A singing Pine Warbler was at Gateway Business Park. The location was a grove 
of Virginia Pines just south of the rectangular retention pond near Samuel 
Morse Drive. Also had two Red-breasted Nuthatches in the same pine grove. I did 
not find any Pine Warblers here last weekend so I think this bird has recently 
arrived. Pictures at my checklist: 


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34763593

Jim Wilkinson
Columbia, MD

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Subject: Horned Grebe migration question
From: Patricia Valdata <pvaldata1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 12:12:34 -0500
Last week I had a winter-plumage Horned Grebe for a new yard bird, and it
spent several days out back, but I haven't seen it since the beginning of
the week. Does anyone know what their migration "schedule" tends to be? I'm
guessing that the warm weather may have prompted it to leave, but we still
have a flock of 8-10 Buffleheads actively feeding, so maybe not.

It's been fun to compare the feeding activity of the two species. The
Buffleheads submerge for only about 10 seconds, and they bob back up just a
few feet from where they went under. The grebe would submerge for 30
seconds or more, and often came up many yards away. One day it went all the
way across the creek in one dive.

Pat Valdata
Crisfield, Somerset County

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Subject: Re: Canada Geese heading North
From: Sarah Romero <sarah.m.romero52 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 06:34:26 -0800 (PST)
On Friday, February 24, 2017 at 7:24:02 AM UTC-5, James Wilson wrote:
> Yesterday morning and again this morning large V's of Canada Geese were high 
in the air, honking away, and heading North. Maybe the Groundhog was wrong??? 

> 
> Jim Wilson
> Queenstown

I had over 1500 this morning btwn 0700 and 0900 on my walk from Lake Elkhorn to 
Stephens Forest (Lake to Lake to Lake Trail). 


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Subject: Canada geese, eastern phoebe
From: gmcdonald2006 <gmcdonald2006 AT verizon.net>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 09:23:39 -0500
    


Loch Raven poplar hill trail.
Georgia McDonald.  Towson
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Subject: Re: More signs of Spring
From: Thomas Harten <tjharten1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:15:29 -0500
Had a phoebe calling this morning at King's Landing Park in Huntingtown
(Calvert).  Geese on the move here as well!


On Fri, Feb 24, 2017 at 8:01 AM, Warblerick 
wrote:

> Just had my FOY EASTERN PHOEBE fly out of my back meadow, land briefly on
> our pool fence, then up into the treetops along the edge of the yard,
> before heading down the hill towards my neighbors pond area. And yesterday
> and today, many high-flying V flocks of Canada Geese, small groups of
> Common Grackles and Red-winged Blackbirds all heading north.
>
> Beautiful weather, for now!
>
> Rick Sussman
> Woodbine,MD
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Subject: More signs of Spring
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 05:01:32 -0800 (PST)
Just had my FOY EASTERN PHOEBE fly out of my back meadow, land briefly on our 
pool fence, then up into the treetops along the edge of the yard, before 
heading down the hill towards my neighbors pond area. And yesterday and today, 
many high-flying V flocks of Canada Geese, small groups of Common Grackles and 
Red-winged Blackbirds all heading north. 


Beautiful weather, for now!

Rick Sussman
Woodbine,MD

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Subject: Re: Signs of spring
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 07:57:39 -0500
Geese flying overhead here as well -- It made me think of the old Joan Baez 
song, "North" ..." Like a windblown bird my heart goes forth, Sent by the 
spring to the shining north..." 


Gail Mackiernan
Colesville, MD

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> On Feb 24, 2017, at 7:51 AM, brent byers  wrote:
> 
> Woke up to the sound of migrating geese. Many flocks heading north this 
morning across middle river 

> Brent Byers
> Essex md
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Subject: Signs of spring
From: brent byers <baypuffin AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 04:51:16 -0800 (PST)
Woke up to the sound of migrating geese. Many flocks heading north this morning 
across middle river 

Brent Byers
Essex md

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Subject: Canada Geese heading North
From: James Wilson <birdmanjfw AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 04:24:02 -0800 (PST)
Yesterday morning and again this morning large V's of Canada Geese were high in 
the air, honking away, and heading North. Maybe the Groundhog was wrong??? 


Jim Wilson
Queenstown

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Subject: 2nd annual bird conservation summit at Patuxent NWR, March 4th
From: David Curson <dcurson AT audubon.org>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 19:22:58 -0800 (PST)
All Maryland birders, and indeed all people interested in the environment, are 
invited to the 2nd Annual "I Bird, I Vote" Bird Conservation Summit, which will 
be held on Saturday, March 4, at the National Wildlife Visitor Center - 
Patuxent Research Refuge in Laurel, MD. Register at Audubon Maryland-DC's 
website! 



http://md.audubon.org/conservation/join-us-our-2nd-annual-i-bird-i-vote-bird-conservation-summit-march-4th 


This year's summit will focus on energy development, land use, and funding for 
wildlife conversation. Speakers from our partner organizations will provide 
brief overviews of these issues and how you can help get involved. 

Hope to see you there!

David Curson

Director of Bird Conservation
Audubon Maryland-DC

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Subject: Am. Woodcocks - Sycamore Landing Rd, Mont Co
From: Andy Martin <apmartin2 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 17:07:11 -0800 (PST)
Weather was too nice today not to try for American Woodcocks this evening along 
Sycamore Landing Rd within McKee-Beshers WMA in Montgomery Co. 


Arrived around 5:30 pm and was joined at about 5:55 by Team "Dubois" (Woody and 
Rae). 1st "peents" heard around 6:17 pm. Peents and display flights went on for 
about 25 minutes or so, quieting down around 6:46. Maybe 4-5 birds in total. 


We stood in field on east side of Sycamore Landing Rd about 0.11 miles from its 
intersection with River Rd but birds were landing and launching display flights 
from both sides. Mostly a listening affair after about 6:30 as it quickly got 
too dark. 


Andy Martin
Gaithersburg

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Subject: RE: Re: Cedar Waxwing by the dozen - Salisbury
From: <marshwren50 AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 17:28:17 -0500
At a previous home, in Newark, DE, I had a European Mountain Ash that the 
waxwings loved. It bore a prolific crop of red-orange berries each year and the 
waxwings would pick it clean. Sadly, the tree came down in a storm one year. 
Then I moved, so it was not replanted. 


Marcia
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Bowie, MD
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From: Warblerick
Sent: Thursday, February 23, 2017 4:32 PM
To: Maryland & DC Birding
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Cedar Waxwing by the dozen - Salisbury

I have most of those in my yard, planted specifically for birds. No winter 
berry though.Lots of hawthorn, crab apples, dogwood and one very prolific and 
beautiful serviceberry. 

Rick Sussman
Woodbine, MD

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Subject: Re: Cedar Waxwing by the dozen - Salisbury
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 13:32:53 -0800 (PST)
I have most of those in my yard, planted specifically for birds. No winter 
berry though.Lots of hawthorn, crab apples, dogwood and one very prolific and 
beautiful serviceberry. 

Rick Sussman
Woodbine, MD

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Subject: Re: Cedar Waxwing by the dozen - Salisbury
From: JimC <jimcancil AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 13:28:10 -0800 (PST)
On Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 5:10:02 PM UTC-5, JimC wrote:
> My wife retired from Peninsula Regional Hospital a few years ago but had to 
go back this afternoon. To her total amazement, she saw all these birds outside 
a common entry area?! 

> 
> MAYBE - we have seen one or two at home in the country but never in town. She 
is in the shot with her iPhone. Maybe one of you can identify the tree — I 
need to plant some! Cheers. Jim 


Crabapple trees are on the list to purchase along with Butterfly Weed 
(Asclepias tuberosa). 


Wikipedia: "The cedar waxwing eats berries and sugary fruit year-round, 
including "dogwood, serviceberry, cedar, juniper, hawthorn, and winterberry", 
with insects becoming an important part of the diet in the breeding season." 


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Subject: Re: Re: Le Conte's Sparrow, Harford Co.
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:28:21 -0800 (PST)
The Le Conte's Sparrow was relocated near the blind by Andy Beiderman et al. 
around 10:25. 


Tim Carney
Nottingham, MD

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Subject: Re: Re: Le Conte's Sparrow, Harford Co.
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:22:28 +0000
No sign as of 0930. Western and Yellow Palm Wrablers persist.



On Thu, Feb 23, 2017 at 10:00 AM Hugh David Fleischmann <
david AT macappraisals.com> wrote:

> Has anyone seen the LeConte's Sparrow today? Please report.  Thanks.
>
> Awesome Birding in 2017!
>
> H. David Fleischmann
> 410-598-9292
> David AT macappraisals.com
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Feb 22, 2017, at 4:57 PM, Tim Carney  wrote:
> >
> > Dave Littlepage found an Ammodramus sparrow at Swan Harbor near the duck
> blind this morning but was unable to get a photo. I just went back and
> confirmed it as a LE CONTE'S SPARROW. Orange face, purplish nape with fine
> white streaks.
> >
> > Go Dave!!!
> >
> > Tim Carney
> > Nottingham, MD
> >
> > Sent from my iPhone
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Subject: Re: Le Conte's Sparrow, Harford Co.
From: Hugh David Fleischmann <david AT macappraisals.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:00:26 -0500
Has anyone seen the LeConte's Sparrow today? Please report.  Thanks. 

Awesome Birding in 2017!

H. David Fleischmann 
410-598-9292
David AT macappraisals.com

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> On Feb 22, 2017, at 4:57 PM, Tim Carney  wrote:
> 
> Dave Littlepage found an Ammodramus sparrow at Swan Harbor near the duck 
blind this morning but was unable to get a photo. I just went back and 
confirmed it as a LE CONTE'S SPARROW. Orange face, purplish nape with fine 
white streaks. 

> 
> Go Dave!!!
> 
> Tim Carney
> Nottingham, MD
> 
> Sent from my iPhone

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Subject: Red-headed Woodpeckers - Queen Anne's
From: Joe Hanfman <auk1844 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:38:07 -0500
Sub-adult Red-headed Woodpecker on the School House Woods Nature Trail just 
past the Tuliptree sign. Found by Mark Johnson 2. Photo. Adult in the first 
section of woods when Wye Island Rd becomes a dirt road and just before the 
Dividing Creek Trail. Found by Dave Palmer. A third RHWO heard from the back of 
the first section of woods. 


Joe Hanfman
Columbia, MD

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Subject: Wild Turkey at Schoolhouse Pond
From: Karen Caruso <karen.caruso AT verizon.net>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 05:35:20 -0800 (PST)
Exact same spot where I see that turkey. I got it for the Christmas Count this 
year. Not as dependable as the Mute Swan, however.... 


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Subject: Re: FOY Fox Sparrow in Backyard, right on time, Bethesda, Mont. Co.
From: "'MikeBowen' via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 05:09:29 -0800 (PST)
On Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 9:25:43 PM UTC-5, Jim Nelson wrote:
>  We had our first-of-year Fox Sparrow in our small backyard this morning. 
 Checking my eBird records over many years of yard observations, it was right 
on time.  We get them in the last week of February, and they are gone again by 
tax time in April,  We see them occasionally in late October and mid November, 
but most of our observations are late winter to early spring. 

> 
> 
> Jim Nelson
> Bethesda, MD

And I had a "Red" Fox Sparrow at my "local patch," Little Falls Parkway in 
Bethesda, yesterday afternoon. That spot is only a couple of miles from Jim's 
house. It was my first Fox Sparrow here; as Jim says, it's prime time for the 
northward migration of the species. 


Mike Bowen
Bethesda

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Subject: DC - Roosevelt Island Access
From: Art Drauglis <lwsyrup AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 03:42:52 -0800 (PST)
Via Rob Hilton and WTOP, the Park Service will be closing the parking lot for 
Roosevelt Island on March 1st. 

It will be closed until "late spring" for repaving and other related work.
Pedestrian and cyclist access will remain open, but you'll have to come in from 
Rosslyn or Columbia Island/LBJ Grove. 

Obviously this will complicate things for us during Spring Migration, so plan 
accordingly 



http://wtop.com/dc/2017/02/roosevelt-island-project-will-close-car-access-months/ 


Art D.
W. DC

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Subject: hello Howard Elitzak
From: Stephen Johnson <stevejohnson2 AT verizon.net>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 22:12:00 -0500
Hey Howard, if you're out there - I wanted to share something with you.

You taught me the ropes of Christmas Bird Counting, way back sometime around 
1998 or so, on the Washington DC count. I think maybe the compiler then was 
Steve Pretl. 


Anyway, last week my wife Lynn and I were in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, and 
we visited the Salineno Feeders. We signed the guest book there, and - wow - 
there was your name. It's a small world. I actually recognized a lot of 
Virginia / DC area birders' names there, besides yours. 


Whenever I'm out birding and I inflict a painful pun on some poor victim, I 
think of you. Also when I look for Winter Wrens, and when I check gull flocks 
for an Iceland. 


Cheers,
Steve Johnson
Fairfax, Virginia

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Subject: Egypt Rd and Blackwater NWR - Spring in January?!
From: Karen Caruso <karen.caruso AT verizon.net>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:26:12 -0800 (PST)
Egypt Road, Dorchester, Maryland, US
Feb 22, 2017 11:53 AM - 12:38 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Unseasonably warm
10 species

Canada Goose  116
Northern Bobwhite  1     Audible
Black Vulture  15
Turkey Vulture  3
Bald Eagle  3
American Crow  4
American Robin  7
Dark-eyed Junco  7
Song Sparrow  1
Red-winged Blackbird  325

Blackwater NWR--Wildlife Drive, Dorchester, Maryland, US
Feb 22, 2017 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Warm, sunny day
21 species

Snow Goose  18
Tundra Swan  2
Mallard  30
Northern Shoveler  14
Ruddy Duck  2
Great Blue Heron  1
Black Vulture  1
Northern Harrier  1
Bald Eagle  5
American Coot  1
Killdeer  2
Dunlin  5
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Mourning Dove  2
Downy Woodpecker  3
American Kestrel  1
American Crow  2
Carolina Chickadee  6
Eastern Bluebird  6
Song Sparrow  2
Red-winged Blackbird  6


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Subject: Le Conte's Sparrow, Harford Co.
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:57:02 -0500
Dave Littlepage found an Ammodramus sparrow at Swan Harbor near the duck blind 
this morning but was unable to get a photo. I just went back and confirmed it 
as a LE CONTE'S SPARROW. Orange face, purplish nape with fine white streaks. 


Go Dave!!!

Tim Carney
Nottingham, MD

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Subject: Razorbill at the Inlet this morning
From: Marcia Balestri <mebalestri AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 12:08:47 -0500
I doubt it is the same one I saw on Feb 8th or the one that others saw after 
that, but I finally got a not-great photo today which you can see at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34644701 
. 

_____________________

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Worcester County, Maryland
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“...ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is 
those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert 
that this or that problem will never be solved by science." Charles Darwin, 
1871 



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Subject: Masonville Cove
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Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 11:59:51 -0500




Subject: Re: Spring is in the air (and yard).
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:15:26 -0800 (PST)
I clean mine out in fall, so birds can roost in them if they choose.

Rick Sussman
Woodbine, MD

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Subject: Re: Cedar Waxwing by the dozen - Salisbury
From: blueheron05 <blueheron05 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 06:29:25 -0800 (PST)
On Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 5:10:02 PM UTC-5, JimC wrote:
> My wife retired from Peninsula Regional Hospital a few years ago but had to 
go back this afternoon. To her total amazement, she saw all these birds outside 
a common entry area?! 

> 
> MAYBE - we have seen one or two at home in the country but never in town. She 
is in the shot with her iPhone. Maybe one of you can identify the tree — I 
need to plant some! Cheers. Jim 


We had a dozen on Monday in a mulberry tree in Pasadena. It has no leaves nor 
fruit at the moment. 


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Subject: Re: Spring is in the air (and yard).
From: Frank Boyle <ravenfrank AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 09:16:36 -0500
We have Eastern Bluebirds checking each of our 5 boxes in the meadow right now. 
Time to clean them out, now that I finally have two days in a row off from 
work. 


Good birding,

Frankie 

Frank Boyle
Broken Wallet Farm
Rohrersville, MD


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> On Feb 21, 2017, at 5:25 PM, Warblerick  wrote:
> 
> Very nice to see (and hear) Red-winged Blackbirds back in the neighborhood, 
including a beautiful male and female just now at the feeders, the male eating 
suet. 

> 
> Rick Sussman
> Woodbine,MD
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Subject: Wild Turkey at Schoolhouse Pond
From: Fred Shaffer <glaucousgull AT verizon.net>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:07:26 +0000 (UTC)
 I got great close views and photos of the continuing Wild Turkey this morning 
at Schoolhouse Pond.  This bird has been seen by several observers multiple 
times in the recent past, but until today I had only heard the bird, not seen 
it.  Looking from the road, the bird was behind the back right corner of the 
pond, in the open area between the boardwalk and the woods.  It was feeding, 
scratching at the vegetation and pecking at the ground periodically.  It was 
unconcerned about me or the other people passing by on the boardwalk.  Fairly 
slow otherwise, but there was an adult Bald Eagle, 3 Double-crested Cormorants, 
and a vocal Belted Kingfisher. I saw quite a bit of breeding bird activity 
yesterday, with an Eastern Bluebird apparently nest building and a pair of 
Red-shouldered Hawks exhibiting courtship behavior in the trees behind the 
pond.  Good birding, 

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Subject: Fwd: DC Area, 2/21/2017
From: Lydia Schindler <lydia13621 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 21:58:28 -0500
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Hotline:      Voice of the Naturalist
Date:         2/21/2017
Coverage:     MD/DC/VA/DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments, questions:  voice AT anshome.org
Compiler:     Helen Patton
Sponsor:     Audubon Naturalist Society of the
              Central Atlantic States (independent of NAS)
Transcriber: Steve Cordle (scordle AT capaccess.org)

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This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon
Naturalist Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday,
February 14, and was completed on Tuesday, February 21 at about 1:00
p.m.

Information on noteworthy birds during this week 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: BARROW'S GOLDENEYE* in MD, DOVEKIE* in VA and
WESTERN TANAGER* in VA.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST: waterfowl, RING-NECKED PHEASANT, NORTHERN
BOBWHITE, grebes, RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD, SANDHILL CRANE, AMERICAN AVOCET,
plovers, sandpipers, RAZORBILL, gulls, GREAT CORMORANT, AMERICAN WHITE
PELICAN, hawks, SHORT-EARED OWL, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, NORTHERN
SHRIKE, TREE SWALLOWS, BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES, BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH,
EVENING GROSBEAK, SNOW BUNTING, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, sparrows,
PAINTED BUNTING and  blackbirds.

TOP BIRDS

The drake BARROW'S GOLDENEYE* continued to be seen at the Elms
Environmental Education Center, St. Mary's Co, MD, with the most
recent sighting on February 18. If looking for this bird, do not drive
in, but park in the hunter's parking lot before the gate and walk
about a mile to the bay, then several hundred yards to the north.

A  DOVEKIE* was at Back Bay NWR, Virginia Beach, VA  on February 17.

A WESTERN TANAGER was at Settler's Mill, James City, VA on February
17, 19 and 20.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

Numbers of waterfowl on local ponds increased this week. High counts
included: 10 species on Oxbow Lake NP, Anne Arundel Co, MD; 12 species
at Dyke Marsh, Fairfax Co, VA and 10 species at Occoquan Bay NWR,
Prince William Co, VA all on February 19.

GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, ROSS'S GEESE and CACKLING GEESE were
observed throughout the region during the week. A SNOW GOOSE was at
Black Hill Regional Park, Montgomery Co, MD on February 18. A BRANT
was at Big Water Farm (private) on February 17 and another BRANT was
at Wye Island on February 19, both in Queen Anne's Co, MD. The
continuing TRUMPETER SWAN at Lake Churchill in Germantown, Montgomery
Co, MD, was seen again on February 18, 19 and 20. Four TRUMPETER SWANS
were at Gold Mine Marsh, Louisa Co, VA during the week. Two TRUMPETER
SWANS were in Upperville, Fauquier Co, VA on February 15.

EURASIAN WIGEONS and REDHEADS were present in low numbers but many
areas during the week. Three hundred eighty-five RING-NECKED DUCKS
were at Kringold Park, Carroll Co, MD on February 15. A KING EIDER was
seen at the CBBT, Island #4, Northampton Co, VA on February 18 and 19.
A COMMON EIDER was at Point Lookout SP, Saint Mary's Co, MD on
February 19. Nine HOODED MERGANSERS were at Lake Kittamaqundi, Howard
Co, MD on February 14.

A RING-NECKED PHEASANT was on Sycamore Landing Road, Montgomery Co, MD
on February 19. Three NORTHERN BOBWHITES were at Cedarville State
Forest Pond, Charles Co, MD on February 15.

A RED-NECKED GREBE was at Buckroe Beach, Hampton, VA seen during the
week. A RED-NECKED GREBE was at Blockhouse Point, Montgomery Co, MD on
February 15, One to two RED-NECKED GREBES were at Loch Raven
Reservoir, Baltimore Co, MD on February 18. An EARED GREBE was at
Black Walnut Point, Talbot Co, MD on February 20.

A RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD was in the Wildwood Neighborhood, Saint Mary's
Co, MD on February 14, 16, 17 and 18.

Three SANDHILL CRANES were at Augustine WA, New Castle Co, DE on
February 15. Three SANDHILL CRANES were at Abrams Creek Wetland
Preserve near Winchester, Frederick Co, VA on February 17. A SANDHILL
CRANE was at Hare Valley, Northampton Co, VA on February 19. Three
SANDHILL CRANES were at Patuxent WRC (closed area), Prince George's
Co, MD on February 19. Two SANDHILL CRANES were at Algonkian NP,
Loudoun Co, VA on February 18 and 20. Two more SANDHILL CRANES were at
Green Springs NHLD, Louisa Co, VA on February 19 and 20. A SANDHILL
CRANE was at the C&D Canal, Reedy Point, New Castle Co, DE on
February20.

On February 16, 37 AMERICAN AVOCETS were at Craney Island Disposal
Area, Portsmouth, VA.

Two to five BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS were at Blackwater NWR, Dorchester
Co, MD on February 17, 18 and 19. Five SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS were at
Herrington Harbor, Anne Arundel Co, MD on February 18.

A SPOTTED SANDPIPER was at the Great Bridge Battlefield and Waterway
Historic Park, Chesapeake, VA on February 19. A MARBLED GODWIT was at
Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA on February 19. At least four
AMERICAN WOODCOCK were at the Huntley Meadows Hike and Bike Trail,
Fairfax Co, VA on February 19. Four WILLETS were at the Ocean City
Inlet, Worcester Co, MD on February 14. Six WILLETS were at the
Castaways Campground, Worcester Co, MD on February 19.

A RAZORBILL was observed in the Fort Monroe area near Richmond, VA on
February 19. A RAZORBILL was at Buckroe Beach on February 17 and two
were at Fort Monroe on February 18 and 19, both sightings in Hampton,
VA. One to five RAZORBILLS were at Indian River Inlet, Sussex Co, DE
on February 17, 18, 19 and 20.

A BLACK-HEADED GULL was at Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA on
February20.An ICELAND GULL was at Mariner Point Park, Harford Co, MD
on February 14, 18 and 19. A GLAUCOUS GULL was at the CBBT, Thimble
Island, Virginia Beach, VA on February 18. Another GLAUCOUS GULL was
at James River Park, Richmond, VA on February 18.

On February 14, a GREAT CORMORANT was at Craighill Channel Lower Range
Front Lighthouse and another was at North Point SP, both in Baltimore
Co, MD. Another GREAT CORMORANT was at Smallwood SP, Charles Co, MD on
February 15. Two GREAT CORMORANTS were at Fox Point SP, Sussex Co, DE
on February 17.

An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was at Cox Point Park, Baltimore Co, MD on
February 17. As many as 22 AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS were at Hog Island
WMA, Surry Co, VA on February 17 and 19.

A BALD and a GOLDEN EAGLE were observed together from SR80 in Russell
Co, VA between Honaker and Rosedale on February 16. A NORTHERN GOSHAWK
was seen at the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center (BARC), Prince
George's Co, MD on February 17. A GOLDEN EAGLE was at Prime Hook NWR,
Sussex Co, DE on February 18. A GOLDEN EAGLE was spotted from Fork
Neck Road about 1.9 miles west of Drawbridge Road, Dorchester Co, MD
on February 19. Two GOLDEN EAGLES were at the Gleason Hill Hiking
Trail, Garrett Co, MD on February 20. Another GOLDEN EAGLE was at
Pickering Creek Audubon Center, Talbot Co, MD on February 20.

A SHORT-EARED OWL was at Konterra Drive in Prince George's Co, MD on
February 16, 18 and 20.

RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS flooded into the region with many sightings
during the week.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE continued at Sully Woodlands in Fairfax Co, VA on
February 18.

TREE SWALLOWS also found our area to their liking with many reports.
The high count was 15 to 20 at Sandy River Reservoir, Prince Edward
Co, VA on February 17.

BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES also appeared in many places in low numbers
during the week.

Three BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCHES were seen from the Blue Ridge Parkway,
Blandy Road, Roanoke, VA on February 15. A BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH was
at Southern Park, Charles Co, MD on February 18. Thirteen BROWN-HEADED
NUTHATCHES were at Great Bridge Battlefield and Waterways Historic
Park, Chesapeake, VA on February 19.

An EVENING GROSBEAK was at Avenue's Field, Prince Edward Co, VA on
February 16.

Twenty SNOW BUNTINGS were at Craney Island Disposal Area, Portsmouth,
VA on February 16. Eight to eleven SNOW BUNTINGS were at Grandview NP,
Hampton, VA on February 19. Nineteen SNOW BUNTINGS were at Fort
Monroe, Hampton, VA on February 20. A SNOW BUNTING was at Point
Lookout SP, Saint Mary's Co, MD on February 17, 18, 19 and 20.

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was at Masonville Cove, Baltimore Co, MD on
February 15. An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was at Chesapeake Bay
Environmental Center (Horsehead), Queen Anne's Co, MD on February 18.
An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was at Cape Henlopen SP, Sussex Co, DE on
February 18. Another ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was at Blandair, Howard
Co, MD on February 19. Still another ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was at
Prime Hook NWR, Sussex Co, DE on February 19.

A field trip to BARC (Beltsville Agricultural Research Center), Prince
George's Co, MD on February 17 encountered 3 sparrow species: BAIRD'S,
LINCOLN'S and WHITE-CROWNED. AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS were observed at
several locations including: three at Middle Run NA, New Castle Co, DE
on February 14; one to two at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE on February
15 and 16; as many as 13 at Irvine Nature Center, Baltimore Co, MD on
February 17 and 19 and one at Patuxent Research Refuge, Anne Arundel
Co, MD on February 18. A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was at Big Water Farm
(Private), Queen Anne's Co, MD on February 15 and 20. A VESPER SPARROW
was at Swan Harbor Farm Park, Harford Co, MD on February 18. A VESPER
SPARROW was at Cromwell Valley Park, Baltimore Co, MD on February 19.
Birders could hardly avoid stepping on FOX and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS
they were so numerous. A LINCOLN'S SPARROW was at Occoquan Bay NWR,
Prince William Co, VA on February 18, 19 and 20.

A PAINTED BUNTING was at Cyprus Point, Virginia Beach, VA on February
16.

A YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was at Langley AFB, Hampton, VA on February
19. Another YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was at the Delaware Wild Lands,
Staveland Road, New Castle Co, DE on February 14, 16, 18 and 20. A
smattering of RUSTY BLACKBIRDS was seen throughout the area. One to
two BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS were at Breeze Farms, Virginia Beach, VA on
February 18 and 19. A BALTIMORE ORIOLE was at Lasting Light Way,
Howard Co, MD on February 16, 17 and 18. Another BALTIMORE ORIOLE was
at Stonewall Estates, Louisa Co, VA on February 18 and 19.

This report was based on reports on the DE, MD, VA, and WV list
servers via the ABA Internet links, and on eBird records.

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, either e-mail or phone.

Thank you for your interest, and enjoy the birds.

*Of interest to the applicable records committee

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Subject: Maryland Bird Conservation Partnership needs Bald Eagle nest monitors
From: Chris Eberly <mdeaglenests AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:22:45 -0800 (PST)
The Maryland Bird Conservation Partnership is excited to announce the 
initiation of the Maryland Bald Eagle Nest Monitoring Program! 


There are nearly 600 known Bald Eagle nests in Maryland, and many other nests 
we don't yet know about. In order to monitor as many nests as possible, we need 
volunteer nest monitors. The attached flier has the information needed to sign 
up, get trained, and be able to submit observation data. To date, we only have 
81 volunteers signed up. We need many more! 


This is where we're hoping you can help! We especially need volunteers on the 
Eastern Shore where the bulk of eagle nests are located. Specifically, Cecil, 
Kent, Queen Anne’s, Talbot, Dorchester, Wicomico, and Somerset Counties. We 
also have a number of nests along the Potomac River in Charles County. If you 
are interested in helping, we have one or more nests for you to monitor! 


Please do not hesitate to contact me at mdeaglenests AT gmail.com with any 
questions. On behalf of the Maryland Bird Conservation Partnership - Thank You! 


Yours in Birding,

Chris Eberly
Science Coordinator
Maryland Bird Conservation Partnership
www.marylandbirds.org
https://marylandbirds.org/bald-eagle-nest-monitoring/
mdeaglenests AT gmail.com

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Subject: Spring is in the air (and yard).
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:25:53 -0800 (PST)
Very nice to see (and hear) Red-winged Blackbirds back in the neighborhood, 
including a beautiful male and female just now at the feeders, the male eating 
suet. 


Rick Sussman
Woodbine,MD

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Subject: Re: Cedar Waxwing by the dozen - Salisbury
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:24:23 -0800 (PST)
On Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 5:10:02 PM UTC-5, JimC wrote:
> My wife retired from Peninsula Regional Hospital a few years ago but had to 
go back this afternoon. To her total amazement, she saw all these birds outside 
a common entry area?! 

> 
> MAYBE - we have seen one or two at home in the country but never in town. She 
is in the shot with her iPhone. Maybe one of you can identify the tree — I 
need to plant some! Cheers. Jim 


I thought initially it was hawthorn, but lacking any thorns, I'll go with a 
crabapple species. 

Rick Sussman
Woodbine,MD

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Subject: Cedar Waxwing by the dozen - Salisbury
From: JimC <jimcancil AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:10:01 -0800 (PST)
My wife retired from Peninsula Regional Hospital a few years ago but had to go 
back this afternoon. To her total amazement, she saw all these birds outside a 
common entry area?! 


MAYBE - we have seen one or two at home in the country but never in town. She 
is in the shot with her iPhone. Maybe one of you can identify the tree — I 
need to plant some! Cheers. Jim 


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Subject: Poplar Island 2/17/2017
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:26:00 -0800 (PST)
Highlights from Friday's census included 8 SHORT-EARED OWLS, consisting of a 
group of 7 birds and 1 solo bird elsewhere; 2 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS; and 
two small groups of overwintering Yellow-rumped Warblers. 


Offshore waterfowl counts were low due to inaccessibility around the north and 
west sides of the island. Some species, such as White-winged Scoter and 
Red-breasted Merganser, were almost certainly present offshore but were not 
detected by the census as a result. 


Full eBird checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34621570

Tim Carney
Nottingham, MD

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Subject: Did migration start?
From: "Steve Long" <steve.long4 AT verizon.net>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:46:05 -0500
Since the first snow storm here this winter, I have been experiencing 
continuous, unusually heavy feeding at my backyard feeders.  The birds were 
emptying them in 24  hours or less, and the backyard was alive with birds 
most of the daylight hours.  That suddenly stopped when the weather became 
unusally warm.  The feeders are again remaining full for a few days, and the 
huge numbers of Juncos, Whitethroated Sparrows and Gold Finches seem to have 
departed all at once.  The usual numbers of other birds still seem to be 
present.

Is this due to migration, or did some natural food source just become 
available for "seed eaters"?

Steve Long
Oxford 

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Subject: 5921 PWR Bird Feeder Site - GBBC eBird [COMPOSITE] Report
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 22:24:17 -0500
From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu

5921 PWR Bird Feeder Site, Frederick, Maryland, US

1/2 hour counts for the following dates, showing beginning times using
24 hour system
2017-02-17 16:15
2017-02-18 15:15
2017-02-19 11:15
2017-02-20 10:10
2017-02-20 16:48

Protocol: Stationary
21 species; Composite list showing high counts recorded for each species

Snow Goose  4
Flyover. Originally wanted to call them Tundra Swans, but black on
primaries eliminates that as a possibility. Don't think we get
Ring-bills until next month, but also don't know what appearance they
would have overhead...so Snow Goose seems most likely. A group of 3
followed by a single.

Turkey Vulture  1
Mourning Dove  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
American Crow  3
Carolina Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  2
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
Carolina Wren  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  2
Dark-eyed Junco  2
White-crowned Sparrow  3
White-throated Sparrow  4
Song Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  7
Red-winged Blackbird  1
Common Grackle  1
House Finch  6
American Goldfinch  2

Most species in a single count = 12
Fewest = 6

Most recent and last count for this GBBC is linked here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/gbbc/view/checklist/S34599268

Jim Speicher
BroadRun/Burkittsville area
[FR] Frederick County
WA Co. MOS member

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Subject: Eurasian Wigeon at Violette's Lock
From: Fred Shaffer <glaucousgull AT verizon.net>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 20:55:12 +0000 (UTC)
I birded a few spots in Montgomery County today, taking advantage of the mild 
conditions.  The highlight was a male Eurasian Wigeon just upstream of the 
falls at Violette's Lock.  The bird was with a small group of a few American 
Wigeon and Pied-billed Grebes.  I got distant scope views of the bird for 
several minutes, before the entire group of ducks picked up and flew upriver to 
the west. Walking west along the canal, I was unable to relocate the Eurasian 
Wigeon, although I did come across a group of 50 or so American Wigeon west of 
Seneca.  Other birds of interest included 3 Northern Pintails at Violette's 
Lock, 3 Tundra Swans at Black Hills Regional Park (visible from both the MD 121 
bridge and the visitors center), and 7 Wild Turkeys in the field on the west 
side of MD 121 just past the new outlet mall. Good birding. 

Fred ShafferGlaucousGull AT verizon.netCrofton, Maryland

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Subject: Re: Panama trip...
From: JimC <jimcancil AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 10:07:16 -0800 (PST)
On Friday, February 17, 2017 at 7:57:45 PM UTC-5, Georgia McDonald wrote:
> Another budget Panama option:  BirdingPanama.com
> 
> Georgia McDonald      Towson, Balt Co
> 

I'll pass it along George. Thanks.   Jim

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Subject: Re: Out of area bird question harlequin duck w Virginia?
From: world oceans <world.oceans7 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:55:24 +0100
Harlequins do occasionally nest in hollow trees, but that is pretty
rare....it generally occurs in northeast Siberia or British Columbia where
forests are everywhere. I don't recall ever seeing one, or a photo or
report of one, in a tree outside the breeding season and especially this
far out of normal range.

James Gibson
ex-Silver Spring

On Mon, Feb 20, 2017 at 2:56 PM, Warblerick 
wrote:

> Yes, as Tyler said, the issue isn't with the out of normal range sighting,
> but the fact it was perched in a tree. As I said, sounds like a Wood Duck
> to me.
> Rick Sussman
> Woodbine, MD
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Subject: Out of area bird question harlequin duck w Virginia?
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 05:56:21 -0800 (PST)
Yes, as Tyler said, the issue isn't with the out of normal range sighting, but 
the fact it was perched in a tree. As I said, sounds like a Wood Duck to me. 

Rick Sussman
Woodbine, MD

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Subject: Re: Out of area bird question harlequin duck w Virginia?
From: "'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:47:30 +0000 (UTC)
The problem is that it perched in a tree.

Tyler Bell
jtylerbell AT yahoo.com
California, Maryland

      From: Art Drauglis 
 To: Maryland & DC Birding  
 Sent: Monday, February 20, 2017 8:43 AM
 Subject: [MDBirding] Out of area bird question harlequin duck w Virginia?
   
Two (?) years ago a harlequin duck was seen at the Cumberland Terminus of the 
C&O Canal, so 

it isn't out-of-the-question, but would be incredibly rare.
Go back and get pictures if you can!

Art Drauglis
W. DC

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Subject: Out of area bird question harlequin duck w Virginia?
From: Art Drauglis <lwsyrup AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 05:43:59 -0800 (PST)
Two (?) years ago a harlequin duck was seen at the Cumberland Terminus of the 
C&O Canal, so 

it isn't out-of-the-question, but would be incredibly rare.
Go back and get pictures if you can!

Art Drauglis
W. DC

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Subject: Dorchester Golden Eagle
From: Andy Martin <apmartin2 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 19:32:48 -0800 (PST)
Finally connected with my MD Golden Eagle today. Was down Cambridge, Blackwater 
NWR way with Bob Cantilli, Chris, Maryellen, Justin Culotta, Diane Ford, Tim 
Benner and Jay. In the Blackwater sightings log book we noted that a Golden 
Eagle had been seen 2/16 along Fork Neck Rd just west of Drawbridge Rd. 


After finishing at Blackwater, we drove over that way via Decoursey Bridge Rd 
about 3 pm, and much to our group's delight lucked into a soaring adult Golden 
Eagle along Fork Neck Rd about 1.9 miles west of its intersection with 
Drawbridge Rd. We were able to view it for 10 minutes plus in afternoon sun and 
at one point it was joined by both an adult and immature Bald Eagle for great 
comparison views. 


Andy Martin
Gaithersburg

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Subject: dceaglecam - first egg laid
From: Anna Urciolo <urcioloa AT sidwell.edu>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 01:44:49 +0000
Looks like The First Lady has laid one egg tonight.



dceaglecam.org



Anna Urciolo

Rockville

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Subject: RE: Tree Swallows, Hughes Hollow, Montgomery Co. 2/19/17
From: Pat Valdata <pvaldata1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 20:39:05 -0500
I thought I saw a Tree Swallow swoop past our yard this morning, but I didn't 
get a good look. Robins were singing up a storm, though. 


Pat Valdata 
Crisfield, Somerset County

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Subject: [MDBirding] Tree Swallows, Hughes Hollow, Montgomery Co. 2/19/17 

 I led a walk for the Audubon Naturalist Society at Hughes Hollow/Mckee-Beshers 
Wildlife Management Area in Montgomery County this morning. We had 4 Tree 
Swallows flying over the impoundments. They were first spotted by Linda 
Friedland. I don't see any eBird reports of this species in the general DC 
metro area so faR this year. The earliest prior sightings at Hughes Hollow in 
eBird have been within a couple of days of this date in prior years. 


Jim Nelson 
Bethesda, MD
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Subject: Out of area bird question harlequin duck w Virginia?
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 15:23:31 -0800 (PST)
Sounds more like a Wood Duck to me.

Rick Sussman
Woodbine, MD

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Subject: Fort Smallwood Park Hawkwatch
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 17:53:01 -0500 (EST)
Fellow Birders,


The Fort Smallwood Park Hawkwatch will officially begin its spring season on 
March 1. Please accept this invitation to observe thousands of raptors 
migrating north past Fort Smallwood Park to their breeding grounds in New 
England and Canada. Regular occurring species are Black and Turkey Vultures, 
Ospreys, Northern Harriers, Cooper's, Sharp-shinned, Red-tailed and 
Red-shouldered Hawks, American Kestrels and Merlins, plus the May passage of 
Mississippi Kites. Volunteer counters document the flight into mid-May, but 
could really use some assistance, so please consider joining their ranks. They 
will be happy to help you with identifying field marks. An impressive migratory 
flight of waterbirds and passerines also occurs and the Park itself gives 
harbor to a rich assortment of birdlife. For more information go to 
hawkcount.org or 
http://www.aacounty.org/departments/recreation-parks/parks/fort-smallwood/. 



Sue Ricciardi

Compiler, Fort Smallwood Park Hawkwatch

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Subject: Out of area bird question harlequin duck w Virginia?
From: Lisa Garrett <froglipp AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 15:52:37 -0500
Is there a west va birding list? We saw a ha
Lone harlequin male duck today in a pond and then up in a tree at twin falls 
state park. Whatever is the range on these ducks? 

It was raining and foggy in the morning so maybe it was off course?  

Lisa Garrett 
north Beach Md 
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> Fishing at Blue Mash? - 4 Updates
> Woodcocks - 1 Update
> Snow Goose at Black Hill Reservoir Montgomery County - 2 Updates
> Brown-headed nuthatch--Potomac River - 1 Update
> Immature Bald Eagle - 1 Update
> Fishing at Blue Mash?           
> Susan Hunt : Feb 18 02:41PM -0500 
> 
> I just saw a bunch of guys in the parking lot at blue mash with fishing 
poles. I thought people weren't allowed to fish at the little pond inside blue 
mash. 

>  
> Sent from my iPhone
> Warblerick : Feb 18 12:23PM -0800 
> 
> There's a lot of places where people aren't supposed to fish, but signs don't 
seem to stop them. Blue Mash is one among many. 

> Rick Sussman
> Woodbine, MD
> diane Ford : Feb 19 03:02AM 
> 
> Hi all, I've 'encountered' these fisherman, hispanic on occasion and they 
didn't seem very friendly when I birded Blue Mash. The gate around the small 
pond had a padlock on it and "no trespassing sign'. I have called MNPPC or DNR. 
I'm not sure whose jurisdiction it is. 

> Diane Ford/Bethesda, Md.
> 
>  
> On Saturday, February 18, 2017 3:23 PM, Warblerick 
 wrote: 

> 
>  
> There's a lot of places where people aren't supposed to fish, but signs don't 
seem to stop them. Blue Mash is one among many. 

> Rick Sussman
> Woodbine, MD
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> Andy Martin : Feb 18 08:06PM -0800 
> 
> Strange thing about MNCPPC, you can never quite be sure about signs at their 
parks. If you look hard enough around Blue Mash, you will still find "no 
trespassing" signs at various places that predate its opening as a nature 
trail. 

>  
> The fence and associated "no trespassing" sign may be a relic (a liability 
protection) from its past history as open space surrounding a landfill. The 
anglers in question, may well be within their rights to fish in the pond. 

>  
> Here's a link to contact page for MNCPPC 
http://www.mncppc.org/contact_mncppc.html. 

>  
> Andy Martin
> Gaithersburg
>  
> On Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 2:41:59 PM UTC-5, Susan Hunt wrote:
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> Woodcocks
> sclotworthy123 AT gmail.com: Feb 18 07:28PM -0500 
> 
> A plurality of woodcocks were displaying this evening at Greenbury Pt.
>  
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> Snow Goose at Black Hill Reservoir Montgomery County     
> Dave Roberts : Feb 18 03:32PM -0800 
> 
> The goose continues this afternoon from Route 121, but it appears to be a 
Ross's goose. The bill has a blue tinted base and minimal grin. The border of 
the base is straight, not curved as expected for a snow goose. Pictures on 
eBird. 

>  
> Dave Roberts
> Bethesda
>  
>  
> On Friday, February 17, 2017 at 5:43:15 PM UTC-5, Ann Hobbs wrote:
> Ann Hobbs : Feb 19 12:36AM 
> 
> Thanks, interesting! I have a few more pics, but none as good as those. None 
of mine show the blue on the bill, but I did think the bill looked a bit small. 

>  
> Ann Hobbs
> Silver Spring, MD
>  
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> Brown-headed nuthatch--Potomac River           
> tjostrow AT gmail.com: Feb 18 02:27PM -0800 
> 
> Continuing(found by Jim Stasz)at Southern Park, in the very under birded, 
Charles county. The best bet on re-finding them seems to be in the loblolly 
pines near the playground. 

>  
> Plan on making a day of it? Some other great places to visit while in Charles 
county: Chapman State Park(a designated important bird area), Chapel Point 
State park, Smallwood State Park, and Myrtle Grove WMA. 

>  
>  
> Tom Ostrowski
> Hyattsville, MD
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> Immature Bald Eagle           
> Kathryn Davis : Feb 18 08:33AM -0800 
> 
> Yesterday, 17 Feb 17, observed a large raptor sitting on a neighbor's chimney 
on Flowing Creek Court in Bryantown, MD. It was too large to be a Red-Tailed 
Hawk and did not have a red tail. It's back was to me but when it turned its 
head, I observed a very large yellow beak. It did not have any white on head or 
tail. 

>  
> I checked my field guide and believe this was an immature bald eagle. 
According to the guide, the yellow beak on bald eagles usually appears in the 
2nd or 3rd year and since there was no white on the head or tail, I am guessing 
this was a 2nd or 3rd year bird. 

>  
> We see a lot of bald eagles flying over this neighborhood and occasionally 
sitting in a tree but this is the first one I have seen on a chimney. 

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Subject: Tree Swallows, Hughes Hollow, Montgomery Co. 2/19/17
From: Jim Nelson <kingfishers2 AT verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 13:15:59 -0600 (CST)




Subject: Vesper Sparrow at Cromwell Valley Park Baltimore County
From: marian rutigliano <mcrutig AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 08:40:52 -0800 (PST)
Seen in large field SE of Nature Center and barn (white trail). Signs of 
spring! 


Marian Rutigliano

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Subject: Common riders
From: Anna Urciolo <urcioloa AT sidwell.edu>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 16:09:52 +0000
Common riders continue at Point Lookout.

Anna Urciolo
Rockville

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Subject: Common Eiders
From: Anna Urciolo <urcioloa AT sidwell.edu>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 15:05:01 +0000
Continuing at Pt. Lookout west of spit but also moving behind the lighthouse. 
Also one snow bunting by lighthouse. 


Anna Urciolo
Rockville

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Subject: Blandair Park
From: "'Sarah Romero' via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 04:40:40 -0800 (PST)
Where's the best place to park at Blandair? I see that it is on both sides of 
MD 175, but when I hit the link on eBird the pin plunks down right in the 
middle of the park to the north of 175, and I can't figure out parking, esp 
with the new entrance and construction around Oakland Mills Rd. 


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Subject: Blandair Park, Columbia
From: "'Sarah Romero' via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 22:48:44 -0800 (PST)
Where's the best place to park to see the most of Blandair Park? I see that 
it's on both sides of MD 175, and clicking on the eBird hotspot link plunks the 
marker in the middle of the north side, but I can't seem to locate parking on 
that side. anybody got a good coord or street/parking address? TIA! 


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Subject: Puddle Ducks at Oxbow Nature Preserve
From: "kvulture via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 19:34:46 -0800 (PST)
Had a large variety of puddle ducks at Oxbow Nature Preserve this morning:

Oxbow Lake, Anne Arundel, Maryland, US
Feb 18, 2017 9:55 AM - 10:40 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Clear, sunny, very low wind
25 species

Canada Goose 45
Tundra Swan 8
Gadwall 4
American Wigeon 6
American Black Duck 4
Mallard 65
Northern Shoveler 10 I saw at least 5 pairs of shovelers. Not difficult to 
identify with their big orange flanks and green heads. Very distinct from 
mallards. Probably undercounted these ducks. Had no clue this number would be 
high. I have counted more than 10 shovelers wintering on ponds in Hamilton, 
Ontario. Last Sunday there were more than 10 at the Golf Road Pond in Ocean 
City, MD. 

Northern Pintail 5
Green-winged Teal 6
Ring-necked Duck 2
Hooded Merganser 6
Turkey Vulture 2
Ring-billed Gull 165
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 3
Fish Crow 2
Carolina Chickadee 3
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Hermit Thrush 1
Dark-eyed Junco 2
Northern Cardinal 1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34465536

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

Partial directions: Exit 198 from the 95 and travel east to Russett Road. North 
on Russet Road into the community. At this point I got lost but did find the 
preserve and lookout point. Exit 198 Laurel from 32 and go west on 198 to 
Russett Road which is by the Walmart just west of the Baltimore Washington 
Parkway. 



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Subject: Re: Fishing at Blue Mash?
From: Andy Martin <apmartin2 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 20:06:49 -0800 (PST)
Strange thing about MNCPPC, you can never quite be sure about signs at their 
parks. If you look hard enough around Blue Mash, you will still find "no 
trespassing" signs at various places that predate its opening as a nature 
trail. 


The fence and associated "no trespassing" sign may be a relic (a liability 
protection) from its past history as open space surrounding a landfill. The 
anglers in question, may well be within their rights to fish in the pond. 


Here's a link to contact page for MNCPPC 
http://www.mncppc.org/contact_mncppc.html. 


Andy Martin
Gaithersburg

On Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 2:41:59 PM UTC-5, Susan Hunt wrote:
> I just saw a bunch of guys in the parking lot at blue mash with fishing 
poles. I thought people weren't allowed to fish at the little pond inside blue 
mash. 

> 
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Subject: Re: Fishing at Blue Mash?
From: "'diane Ford' via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 03:02:12 +0000 (UTC)
Hi all,  I've 'encountered' these fisherman, hispanic on occasion and they 
didn't seem very friendly when I birded Blue Mash. The gate around the small 
pond had a padlock on it and "no trespassing sign'.  I have called MNPPC or 
DNR. I'm not sure whose jurisdiction it is. 

Diane Ford/Bethesda, Md.
 

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wrote: 

 

 There's a lot of places where people aren't supposed to fish, but signs don't 
seem to stop them. Blue Mash is one among many. 

Rick Sussman
Woodbine, MD

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