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Magellanic Plover,©Sophie Webb

29 Jul Masonville Cove & former backyard hawkwatch, 07/27/16 [Kevin Graff ]
29 Jul RE: Avocet phalaropes swan creek ["David Fleischmann" ]
29 Jul Avocet phalaropes swan creek [Kurt Schwarz ]
29 Jul Re: Mayne's Sandhill Crane [john doe ]
29 Jul Re: Mayne's Sandhill Crane [Frank Boyle ]
29 Jul Mayne's Sandhill Crane [Marcia Balestri ]
28 Jul Wilson's Phalarope and Avocets at Swan Creek, Anne Arundel [Andy Beiderman ]
28 Jul eBird -- Swan Creek Wetland--Cox Creek DMCF -- Jul 28, 2016 [Hugh David Fleischmann ]
28 Jul Ferry Neck, July 25-26, 2016 (Cape May-Lewes Ferry July 24). Calendars. [Harry Armistead ]
28 Jul Upland Sandpiper at BWI [Jim Brighton ]
28 Jul Poplar Island 7/27/2016 [Tim Carney ]
27 Jul Re: Aug 20-21 Overnight Lewes, DE Pelagic [Edward Boyd ]
28 Jul Fwd: Avocets at Swan creek [Matt Hafner ]
27 Jul Re: Sandhill Crane and Little Blues - addresses of both sites for mapping [Andy Wilson ]
27 Jul Sandhill Crane and Little Blues - addresses of both sites for mapping [JAMES SPEICHER ]
27 Jul Mississippi Kite over Baltimore []
27 Jul Swan Creek Shorebirds including Long-billed Dowitchers [Matt Hafner ]
27 Jul Swan creek [Hugh David Fleischmann ]
26 Jul Re: Screech Owl Party [Warblerick ]
26 Jul Re: Sandhill Crane and Little Blues [Patricia Wood ]
27 Jul Re: Iceland or Glaucous Gull on Patuxent? ["'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
26 Jul Iceland or Glaucous Gull on Patuxent? [LDF Hollister ]
26 Jul Sandhill Crane and Little Blues ["'Carol McClelland' via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
26 Jul Sandhill Crane and Little Blues [Patricia Wood ]
26 Jul Re: Screech Owl Party ["rhamiltonimprovements via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
26 Jul Re: Screech Owl Party [Suzanne Richman ]
26 Jul Voice of the Naturalist, greater DC area, 7/26/2016 [Gerry Hawkins ]
26 Jul Screech Owl Party [Frank Boyle ]
25 Jul Great Horned Owl [Rit Thompson ]
25 Jul Deal Island--Green Dumpster Rd, Jul 25, 2016 [Joe Hanfman ]
24 Jul Tawes Garden - oasis of green complete with a few good birds [Karen Caruso ]
23 Jul JBWS/ Western Branch - nice sampling of the usual suspects.... [Karen Caruso ]
23 Jul Re: Hummingbirds @ North Tract ["Dave Mitchell (Howard County)" ]
23 Jul Western MD 7/23/2016 - Tennessee Warbler [Tim Carney ]
23 Jul Snowy Egret at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, DC [Wayne Baumgartner ]
22 Jul Riva Area Park - Towhee, Kingbirds [Karen Caruso ]
22 Jul Hart-Miller Island, 07/20/16 [Kevin Graff ]
22 Jul Swan Creek 7/21/2016 [Tim Carney ]
22 Jul Blue Mash Nature Trail -- Jul 22, 2016 [john pangborn ]
21 Jul JBWS Ongoing Bird Survey - Least Bitterns and Green Heron [Karen Caruso ]
21 Jul Re: Hummingbirds @ North Tract ["'Rod Burley' via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
21 Jul Re: Hummingbirds @ North Tract [Samuel Miller ]
21 Jul Hummingbirds @ North Tract [Marcy Stutzman ]
20 Jul Aug 20-21 Overnight Lewes, DE Pelagic [Paul Guris ]
20 Jul Smith I., MD & Shanks I., VA, July 18-19, 2016. [Harry Armistead ]
20 Jul Sandhill Crane, Buckeystown ["'Michael Bowen' via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
20 Jul Swan Harbor Update []
20 Jul Swan Harbor [Kurt Schwarz ]
20 Jul Fwd: DC Area, 7/19/2016 [Lydia Schindler ]
19 Jul Black Tern on the Susquehanna Flats [Matt Hafner ]
19 Jul Frederick County Sandhill Crane - YES [JAMES SPEICHER ]
19 Jul Re: Ruff at Swan Harbor [Pat Valdata ]
19 Jul Re: Ruff at Swan Harbor [David Boltz ]
19 Jul Ruff & Other Birds [Bob Ringler ]
19 Jul Re: Frederick County Sandhill Crane & Little Blue Heron - YES [Sharon F1727 ]
19 Jul Re: Ruff at Swan Harbor [Ryan Johnson ]
19 Jul Re: Ruff at Swan Harbor ["'Ruth Bergstrom' via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
19 Jul Re: Ruff at Swan Harbor [Hugh David Fleischmann ]
19 Jul Re: Ruff at Swan Harbor [Barry Marsh ]
18 Jul Ruff at Swan Harbor [Tim Carney ]
18 Jul Re: Frederick County Sandhill Crane & Little Blue Heron - YES [MICHAEL KERWIN Ellicott City Md ]
18 Jul Re: Swan Creek birdwalk 8/13/2016 [JB Churchill ]
18 Jul Frederick County Sandhill Crane & Little Blue Heron - YES [Duvall Sollers ]
18 Jul Re: Swan Creek birdwalk 8/13/2016 ["'jovet' via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
18 Jul Re: Swan Creek birdwalk 8/13/2016 ["'jovet' via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
18 Jul Re: Swan Creek birdwalk 8/13/2016 [Hugh David Fleischmann ]
18 Jul Swan Creek birdwalk 8/13/2016 [Tim Carney ]
18 Jul Frederick area Sandhill Crane - yes, but barely ["'Frederick Fallon' via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
17 Jul Turk's Cap Lily [George Jett ]
17 Jul southern Frederick Co., July 17 [Scott Baron ]
17 Jul FredCo [Kurt Schwarz ]
17 Jul Shorebirds at Paper Mill Flats and nearby [Robert McLean ]
17 Jul Re: Help with mystery warbler at Jug Bay [Marcy Stutzman ]
17 Jul Quiet Waters Park- hot, humid..... [Karen Caruso ]
17 Jul Help with mystery warbler at Jug Bay []
17 Jul Help with mystery warbler at Jug Bay []

Subject: Masonville Cove & former backyard hawkwatch, 07/27/16
From: Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Jul 2016 12:58:41 -0400
07/27/16 – 630am-12pm (scientific monitoring survey)
Masonville Cove, Baltimore, MD

WEATHER: MC, 79-84 degrees, NW 3 mph- WNW 5 mph   OBS: 2

Canada Goose – 15
American Black Duck – 1
Mallard – 16
Double-crested Cormorant – 69
Great Blue Heron – 11
Great Egret – 2
Green Heron – 1
Black-crowned Night Heron – 1
Glossy Ibis – 1
Osprey – 4
Bald Eagle – 2
Cooper’s Hawk – 1
Semipalmated Plover – 1
Killdeer – 16
Spotted Sandpiper – 2
Least Sandpiper – 2
Laughing Gull – 3
Ring-billed Gull – 43
Herring Gull – 4
Great Black-backed Gull – 1
Least Tern – 1
Common Tern – 39
Caspian Tern – 4
Rock Pigeon – 9
Mourning Dove – 33
Chimney Swift – 2
Downy Woodpecker – 1
Great Crested Flycatcher – 1 (juvenile)
Eastern Kingbird – 4
Warbling Vireo – 2
American Crow – 4
Fish Crow – 2
Tree Swallow – 1
Barn Swallow – 17
Carolina Chickadee – 1
Carolina Wren – 4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher – 1
American Robin – 16
Gray Catbird – 1
Northern Mockingbird – 6
European Starling – 115
Yellow Warbler – 2
Song Sparrow – 4
White-throated Sparrow – 1 (continuing in restricted area)
Northern Cardinal – 4
Blue Grosbeak – 3 (2 adults, 1 juvenile)
Indigo Bunting – 1
Red-winged Blackbird – 13
Common Grackle – 1
Brown-headed Cowbird – 5
Orchard Oriole – 1
Baltimore Oriole – 1
House Finch – 2
American Goldfinch – 8
SPECIES: 54   INDIVIDUALS: 506

MAMMALS: Gray Squirrel – 1, Groundhog – 1, WT Deer – 4, Raccoon (tracks),
Red Fox (tracks)

AMPHIBIANS: Green Frog – 1, Leopard Frog – 1

BUTTERFLIES
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail – 2
Cabbage White – 6
Orange Sulphur – 15
Clouded Sulphur – 1
Eastern Tailed Blue – 6
Pearl Crescent – 6
Common Buckeye – 2
Silver-spotted Skipper – 2
Least Skipper – 1

DRAGONFLIES
Common Green Darner – 1
Twelve-spotted Skimmer – 1 (female)
Eastern Pondhawk – 4
Common Whitetail – 7 (include one female)
Black Saddlebags – 2

INSECTS
Wheel Bug – 1
Japanese Beetle – 7
Spotted Cucumber Beetle – 1
Multi-colored Asian Beetle – 1
Large Milkweed Bug – 25+
Milkweed Borer – 2
Milkweed Tussock Moth – 1


07/27/16 – 1230pm-3pm
Hilltop Ridge – hawkwatch site, Baltimore, MD

WEATHER: MC/PC, 85-92 degrees, WNW 6 mph- W 5 mph

Great Blue Heron – 1 (migrating E, 244pm)
Black Vulture – 3 (migrating, 1 SW 102pm, 2 SW 149pm)
Turkey Vulture – 1 (migrating, SW 111pm)
Mississippi Kite – 1 (adult, SW 149pm)
Red-tailed Hawk – 1 (migrating W 117pm)  **seems early for Redtail**
Unid Buteo – 1 (extremely high flying N)
Rock Pigeon – 5
Mourning Dove – 3
Yellow-billed Cuckoo – 1 (migrating SW 1259pm)
Chimney Swift – 8
Ruby-throated Hummingbird – 2
Downy Woodpecker – 2
Eastern Kingbird – 2
Red-eyed Vireo – 1
Blue Jay – 1
American Crow – 2
Carolina Chickadee – 1
Carolina Wren – 1
American Robin – 14
Gray Catbird – 1
Northern Mockingbird – 1
European Starling – 1
Cedar Waxwing – 2
Yellow Warbler – 1 (in woods)
Northern Cardinal – 2
Common Grackle – 1
House Finch – 1
American Goldfinch – 2
House Sparrow – 10
SPECIES: 28   INDIVIDUALS: 73


     Kevin Graff
     Jarrettsville, MD
     KeyWeststyle2001 AT gmail.com

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Subject: RE: Avocet phalaropes swan creek
From: "David Fleischmann" <david AT macappraisals.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Jul 2016 12:49:20 -0400
At this rate the 8/13 walk is sure to find some incredible shorebirds, just due 
to the fact that we will be able to get close the far north cell where most of 
them are. I can’t wait. Thank you Tim. 


 

Awesome Birding in 2016!!

 

Hugh David Fleischmann

Owings Mills, MD 21117

C-410-598-9292

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From: mdbirding AT googlegroups.com [mailto:mdbirding AT googlegroups.com] On Behalf 
Of Kurt Schwarz 

Sent: Friday, July 29, 2016 12:43 PM
To: mdbirding AT googlegroups.com
Subject: [MDBirding] Avocet phalaropes swan creek

 

The two American Avocets continue at north cell at Swan Creek, AA County. I 
have just spotted 2 Wilsons Phalaropes at north end of south cell, just about 
straight out looking toward large structure on far bank. 


 

Kurt Schwarz 

Ellicott city

kurtschwarz4 at gmail.

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Subject: Avocet phalaropes swan creek
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Jul 2016 09:42:35 -0700
The two American Avocets continue at north cell at Swan Creek, AA County. I
have just spotted 2 Wilsons Phalaropes at north end of south cell, just
about straight out looking toward large structure on far bank.

Kurt Schwarz
Ellicott city
kurtschwarz4 at gmail.

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Subject: Re: Mayne's Sandhill Crane
From: john doe <myconut AT verizon.net>
Date: Fri, 29 Jul 2016 11:37:12 -0400
When John Landers and I were there earlier in the week, we had no joy on the 
crane sighting but the owner took us on a tour of the farm to look for same in 
his pickup and told us how one birder (and photographer?), upon having the bird 
pointed out to him by the farmer in a nearby field, started to nonchalantly 
walk into the soybeans for a closer look(!), before being called back by the 
farmer...not good. 

Paul Noell
Balto.  MD

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On Jul 29, 2016, 9:38 AM, at 9:38 AM, Frank Boyle  wrote:
>I wholeheartedly agree.  I was at the Snowy Owl fiasco some years ago
>on Oland Road.
>
>Frank
>
>Frank Boyle
>Broken Wallet Farm
>Rohrersville, MD
>
>
>Sent from my iPhone
>
>> On Jul 29, 2016, at 9:19 AM, Marcia Balestri 
>wrote:
>> 
>> I hesitate to post this because there will be usual barrage of tsk,
>tsk and tut, tut for supposed bad behavior when we don’t really know
>whether it occurred or not. But I am going to anyway, because as they
>say, perception can be everything. 
>> 
>> I went to see the SACR yesterday and stopped in to buy some fresh
>veggies and chat with the owner. In the course of the conversation, she
>mentioned that a “guy” was there before me, and he “harassed the 
bird,” 

>following it around with a camera—“wouldn’t leave it alone." Now, I
>wasn’t there, don’t know who she was talking about, not pointing
>fingers, and don’t know whether there was harassment or not, so please
>don’t climb all over the messenger. However, please be aware that other
>folks who are not birders are watching and interpreting our behavior.
>Having lived in Frederick for many years and seen the loss of access to
>several important birding areas within the county because of observed
>bad behavior, I urge folks ONCE AGAIN to please be aware of not only
>what you are doing to the bird (most importantly), but also how it can
>be perceived by others. The folks at Mayne’s have been accommodating to
>us Frederick birders for many years, and I hope they will continue to
>do so.
>> 
>> 
>> _____________________
>> 
>> Marcia Balestri
>> Worcester County, Maryland
>> mebalestri AT gmail.com
>> 
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Subject: Re: Mayne's Sandhill Crane
From: Frank Boyle <ravenfrank AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Jul 2016 09:38:38 -0400
I wholeheartedly agree. I was at the Snowy Owl fiasco some years ago on Oland 
Road. 


Frank

Frank Boyle
Broken Wallet Farm
Rohrersville, MD


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> On Jul 29, 2016, at 9:19 AM, Marcia Balestri  wrote:
> 
> I hesitate to post this because there will be usual barrage of tsk, tsk and 
tut, tut for supposed bad behavior when we don’t really know whether it 
occurred or not. But I am going to anyway, because as they say, perception can 
be everything. 

> 
> I went to see the SACR yesterday and stopped in to buy some fresh veggies and 
chat with the owner. In the course of the conversation, she mentioned that a 
“guy” was there before me, and he “harassed the bird,” following it 
around with a camera—“wouldn’t leave it alone." Now, I wasn’t there, 
don’t know who she was talking about, not pointing fingers, and don’t know 
whether there was harassment or not, so please don’t climb all over the 
messenger. However, please be aware that other folks who are not birders are 
watching and interpreting our behavior. Having lived in Frederick for many 
years and seen the loss of access to several important birding areas within the 
county because of observed bad behavior, I urge folks ONCE AGAIN to please be 
aware of not only what you are doing to the bird (most importantly), but also 
how it can be perceived by others. The folks at Mayne’s have been 
accommodating to us Frederick birders for many years, and I hope they will 
continue to do so. 

> 
> 
> _____________________
> 
> Marcia Balestri
> Worcester County, Maryland
> mebalestri AT gmail.com
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Subject: Mayne's Sandhill Crane
From: Marcia Balestri <mebalestri AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Jul 2016 09:19:03 -0400
I hesitate to post this because there will be usual barrage of tsk, tsk and 
tut, tut for supposed bad behavior when we don’t really know whether it 
occurred or not. But I am going to anyway, because as they say, perception can 
be everything. 


I went to see the SACR yesterday and stopped in to buy some fresh veggies and 
chat with the owner. In the course of the conversation, she mentioned that a 
“guy” was there before me, and he “harassed the bird,” following it 
around with a camera—“wouldn’t leave it alone." Now, I wasn’t there, 
don’t know who she was talking about, not pointing fingers, and don’t know 
whether there was harassment or not, so please don’t climb all over the 
messenger. However, please be aware that other folks who are not birders are 
watching and interpreting our behavior. Having lived in Frederick for many 
years and seen the loss of access to several important birding areas within the 
county because of observed bad behavior, I urge folks ONCE AGAIN to please be 
aware of not only what you are doing to the bird (most importantly), but also 
how it can be perceived by others. The folks at Mayne’s have been 
accommodating to us Frederick birders for many years, and I hope they will 
continue to do so. 



_____________________

Marcia Balestri
Worcester County, Maryland
mebalestri AT gmail.com



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Subject: Wilson's Phalarope and Avocets at Swan Creek, Anne Arundel
From: Andy Beiderman <aandyy AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:57:07 -0700 (PDT)
Sorry for the late posting, but there was a very distant WILSON'S PHALAROPE at 
Swan Creek late this morning in with lots of other good shorebirds. There were 
2 AMERICAN AVOCETS that were found earlier, the 3 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS 
reported yesterday by Matt Hafner, some STILT SANDPIPERS, lots of SHORT-BILLED 
DOWITCHERS and at least 1 WESTERN SANDPIPER mixed in with the regular peeps. 


The birds were often far away, but some decent looks were had when the lighting 
cooperated. 


Good Birding!

Andy Beiderman,
Baltimore, MD

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Subject: eBird -- Swan Creek Wetland--Cox Creek DMCF -- Jul 28, 2016
From: Hugh David Fleischmann <david AT macappraisals.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2016 14:56:08 -0400
To all my friends and fellow birders in Maryland. The Wilson's Phalarope(WIPH) 
is still being seen, not easily, but being seen at Swan Creek Wetlands. 
Originally found by Andy Biederman, thanks for your keen eyes. Also there are 
two American Avocets, easily seen. 3 Long-billed Dowitchers are there and 
easily findable with a scope; just look for the camel like hump on their back 
while they're feeding. Pretty cool and amazing! Also seen are short-billed 
dowitchers, many Lessor Yellowlegs and a few thousand peeps. 


What makes today's trip to Swan Creek as well as yesterday's trip, to chase the 
Stilt Sandpiper and Long-billed Dowitchers; it has given me 303 birds in the 
state of Maryland lifetime. That puts me at number 100 of all time birders, in 
the state of Maryland. Less I remind myself I have only been birding for three 
years. 

Could not have done it without many peoples help. Full Ebird list below. Thank 
you ALL!!! 


Have a great day!!






Be Swan Creek Wetland--Cox Creek DMCF
Jul 28, 2016
1:50 PM
Stationary
49 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: The Wilson's Phalarope is Maryland year bird 273 but better than yet 
it's Maryland life eBird 303 which puts me in the top 100 of lifetime Maryland 
birders, of all time. Hard to fathom. Less I remind myself I have only been 
birding for three years. I love this hobby or better yet obsession. 

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12 Canada Goose
X Mallard
2 American Avocet -- Easily viewed with their classic brownish red head and 
black and white body. Very large upturned bill easily seen. 

X Lesser Yellowlegs
2 Stilt Sandpiper
X Least Sandpiper
X Semipalmated Sandpiper
10 Short-billed Dowitcher
3 Long-billed Dowitcher -- Easily spotted when scanning out in the mud flats. 
It's very dark is red brown coloration and extremely Long Bill make it stand 
out. But the camel like hump on its back prevents it from being any other bird. 
I just learned that yesterday, thank you Mike Hudson. 

1 Wilson's Phalarope -- This is a good one! Originally found by Andy Biederman 
earlier, but Marcia Belestri, Joe Hanfman and Joel Martin helped me get the ID 
at Swan Creek, when I was there. We had several short quick views of the bird 
but a couple times it turned in the correct direction to give away it's unique 
field marks. This bird was on the lighter color side so it it was lacking any 
of the breeding plumage that we could see. One of the hardest Birds I have ever 
had to find but well worth it as it was Maryland life eBird number 303. Thanks 
all for your help. It was fun wasn't it?!?!?! 


Number of Taxa: 10


Amazing Birding in 2016!

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

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Subject: Ferry Neck, July 25-26, 2016 (Cape May-Lewes Ferry July 24). Calendars.
From: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2016 16:16:23 +0000
FERRY NECK, JULY 25-26, 2016 (Cape May-Lewes Ferry, July 24). Heat. Many deer. 
2017 CALENDARS. 



Waiting, it seems forever, for the fall migration to finally begin in earnest. 
It’s not too early at all for a Yellow Warbler migrant, but no luck there. 
July is great for shorebirds, but not here. 



JULY 24, SUNDAY. Philadelphia to Margate, NJ, for our grandson’s, David 
Tucker Solomonov’s, 5th birthday party. The feeding of the multitudes: 12 
pizzas, a big tray of jumbo shrimp, chicken tenders, fruit, and drinks under a 
big beach tent close to the surf and right next to the lifeguard stand. 
10:30-3. Five Common Terns plunge-diving just beyond the breakers. An Osprey 
likewise offshore. Here and on the OBX it is fun to see Ospreys fishing in the 
sea. I’m used to just seeing them this way on Bay waters and tributaries. 
Then off to Cape May for the ferry, the ride lasting 5-6:45. 



A more interesting crossing than June 29, when we saw no dolphins, pelicans, 
feeding frenzies of Laughing Gulls, or schools of Menhaden. This time we see 30 
dolphins (13 sightings), 2 Brown Pelicans, 6 gull feeding frenzies (distant; 
probably hitting on schools of menhaden not visible at such a distance), and 32 
schools of Menhaden plus 1 Wilson’s Storm-Petrel, 1 Least Tern, 1 Common 
Tern, 4 Great Black-backed, c. 500 Laughing & 5 Herring gulls, 3 unIDd scoters, 
6 Rock Pigeons (stayed with the ferry well offshore), 4 Ospreys, and 4 
Double-crested Cormorants, plus onshore, many more cormorants, additional 
Ospreys, and, on the Cape May side, 20 Sanderlings and 55 Semipalmated 
Sandpipers. 



Arrive at Ferry Neck, ‘Rigby’s Folly’, at 9:30 P.M. when we see a distant 
young Red Fox. 87 degrees F. 



JULY 25, MONDAY. Fair, SW 5-10, 82 - 96 degrees F. 1.4”+ in the rain gauge 
since July 14. Liz hears a Yellow-billed Cuckoo giving its full, long call. 
(Increasingly bird people are describing in the literature vocalizations of 
non-songbirds as songs, including Black Rail, owls, nightjars et al.; I like 
that). One Great Egret. A male Indigo Bunting at close range, apparently in 
molt. One Common Tern. One Green Heron. Two Tree Swallows (probably early 
post-breeding migrants, of a sort). 



DEER: At 7:30 P.M., 89 degrees F., conduct a count of what is in most of the 
fields: Field 1 a doe and 3 fawns; Field 2 a buck, 5 does, 1 fawn; Field 4 3 
fawns, 5 bucks (4 with 6 points), 3 does. A total of 22 deer. All of the fawns 
today (and tomorrow) are little, baby, spotted fawns. 



Two bats low over the back yard at 8:39 P.M. Two calling Cope’s Gray Tree 
Frogs. 88 degrees F. at 9:30 P.M. One Diamondback Terrapin in the cove. Three 
Painted Turtles basking in Frog Hollow. There has been enough rain this summer 
so that everything is nice and green. Still some water in the ditches. Harvest 
of the wheat is complete, Field 1 and 2 done last. 



JULY 26, TUESDAY. A prolonged thunder and lightning storm with some rain in the 
wee small hours, but began c. 11 last night, giving only 0.1” additional 
rain. Less humid. Fair, NW5 - SW5 - calm, 78 - 94 degrees F., 90 at 6 P.M. 
Kennedy Lawn Service mows the yard and trails, 7:20-7:45 A.M. They do a great 
job and are responsive to special requests. 



Pileated Woodpecker 1, Snowy Egret 2, Forster’s Tern 1, Osprey 8 in sight 
simultaneously (a low maximum this visit), Ring-billed Gull 2, Chimney Swift 7 
(1 seen leaving a neighbor’s chimney). A Northern Mockingbird chases an 
Osprey vigorously. 



Field survey at 7:05 P.M., 88 degrees F.: Field 1 a doe and a fawn; Field 2 two 
fawns (where is mother?) and a presumed mother Raccoon with 4 young; Field 4 a 
doe, 4 bucks and 2 fawns; Field 5 a buck, 2 does and 4 Wild Turkeys; Field 6 a 
Raccoon; Field 7 a buck, 2 does, and (overhead) a Bald Eagle; Waterthrush Pond 
a buck. Total of 18 deer (incl. 5 fawns). Four Wild Turkeys in Field 4 at 8:13 
A.M. Field 3, a narrow strip, is planted especially for deer, but not visible 
from the driveway. At this time of year, due to chiggers and ticks, I avoid 
leaving mowed areas as much as possible. 



Still plenty of fireflies. On the front porch an 8”, a 6” and a 5 “ 
skink. The shore rip rap in much of this area is blanketed with masses of 
Ruppia maritima (Widgeon Grass). In The Pond only 4 frogs, 1 a Green Frog, the 
others unIDd … just hear them plop into the stagnant water. Liz sees an 
Eastern Cottontail. At Bellevue I see a Gray Squirrel (in this weather it 
couldn’t be much fun to be so furry). 



I cut the overhang on Irish Creek and Choptank Trails and the driveway from the 
bend to the house, 11:45 - 12:45, when it is 89. Out at Lucy Point conditions 
are calm with low water and the count of 56 Diamondback Terrapin is the highest 
for 2016, but well below previous maxima. Only 4 seen in Poplar Cove. One Tiger 
Swallowtail. 



JULY 27, WEDNESDAY. Leave at 10:28 A.M. Seven Painter Turkles basking on the 
little log by the outlet of Frog Hollow. Frog Hollow, a name given to a low 
area by my maternal grandparents, is about 75’ east of our property boundary, 
and adjacent to Ferry Neck Road. This area was logged and the glorified vernal 
pool that was the original Frog Hollow enlarged by John M. Camper and stocked 
with bass and sunnies, that didn’t take. Most days in the warm months a few 
Painted Turtles can be seen basking there. 



Where are all the Red-spotted Purples?


LACK OF LARIDS: The entire time at Ferry Neck see only 1 Common Tern, 1 
Forster’s Tern, and 2 Ring-billed Gulls. Does not speak well to the fecundity 
of the Bay. 



CALENDARS: So far I’ve received 7 unsolicited nature calendars for 2017, a 
typical summer, the 1st one on July 2 (Student Conservation Association). 
Others are from National Wildlife Federation, World Wildlife Fund, National 
Parks Conservation Association, National Audubon Society, Ocean Conservancy, 
and Wilderness Society. One of these I’ve never belonged to. I do not send 
any contributions as a result, but it is nice to have a calendar in most every 
room. 



Best to all. - Harry Armistead, Philadelphia.  		 	   		  

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Subject: Upland Sandpiper at BWI
From: Jim Brighton <jimbrighton3 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2016 11:13:16 -0400
Hey everyone,

To those of you that do not follow the Maryland Biodiversity Project's Facebook 
page, today we wrote a small piece on Upland Sandpipers. In a response to the 
post written by Susan Hindinger she illuminated a project that is happening now 
in Vermont. Here was Susan's response to the MBP FB post, 


"Perhaps of interest to some of you, we (at the Vermont Center for Ecostudies) 
have a satellite-tagged Upland Sandpiper that is currently hanging out on the 
airfields at BWI. The bird was tagged in early May at Westover Air Reserve Base 
in Massachusetts. It, where it had a nest adjacent to the runway. It is one of 
4 uppies that received these tags this spring (the others at Joint Base Cape 
Cod in MA and Konza Prairie in Kansas.) We are hoping these, along with 30+ 
others that received GPS tags, will illuminate the mysteries of UPSA migratory 
pathways." 


Jim Brighton
Easton, MD
jimbrighton3 AT gmail.com
www.marylandbiodiversity.com

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Subject: Poplar Island 7/27/2016
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2016 07:51:25 -0700 (PDT)
Results from yesterday's census at Poplar Island can be found below. The birds 
are similar to the previous census. There were several highlights, but three 
juvenile TRICOLORED HERONS stood out to me. It's possible that these birds 
hatched on-site. 


I did not relocate the Ruff.

Tim Carney
Nottingham, MD

Poplar Island, Talbot, Maryland, US
Jul 27, 2016 7:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Protocol: Area
1140.0 ac
Comments:     Cloudy, 82-91°F, 1-7 mph NNW
62 species (+2 other taxa)

Canada Goose  2
American Black Duck  3
Mallard  112
Redhead  1
Lesser Scaup  1
Surf Scoter  17
White-winged Scoter  2
Long-tailed Duck  1
Ruddy Duck  1
Double-crested Cormorant  2691
Brown Pelican  52
Great Blue Heron  13
Great Egret  3
Snowy Egret  102
Tricolored Heron  3
Cattle Egret  15
Glossy Ibis  11
Osprey  53
Bald Eagle  3
Virginia Rail  2
Common Gallinule  1
Black-necked Stilt  28
American Avocet  68
American Oystercatcher  1
Black-bellied Plover  1
Semipalmated Plover  6
Killdeer  23
Spotted Sandpiper  11
Greater Yellowlegs  2
Willet (Eastern)  6
Lesser Yellowlegs  27
Ruddy Turnstone  1
Stilt Sandpiper  7
Sanderling  6
Dunlin  1
Least Sandpiper  141
White-rumped Sandpiper  2
Semipalmated Sandpiper  430
Western Sandpiper  1
peep sp.  1150
Short-billed Dowitcher  28
Wilson's Phalarope  1
Laughing Gull  484
Ring-billed Gull  12
Herring Gull  786
Lesser Black-backed Gull  1
Great Black-backed Gull  473
Least Tern  231
Black Tern  5
Common Tern  453
Forster's Tern  88
Common/Forster's Tern  3   backlit birds on Jefferson Island
Downy Woodpecker  1
Eastern Kingbird  1
Fish Crow  3
Purple Martin  21
Bank Swallow  16
Barn Swallow  11
Carolina Wren  2
European Starling  3
Seaside Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  2
Red-winged Blackbird  290
Common Grackle  1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30875348

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

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Subject: Re: Aug 20-21 Overnight Lewes, DE Pelagic
From: Edward Boyd <edboyd59 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2016 22:12:16 -0400
Hi Everyone:

I just wanted to chime in and post regarding this trip. For those of you
that might have missed the last overnight trip in May or are still on the
fence about the value of this trip, let me tell you that this is the trip
to be on if you want a chance to get some of the hardest pelagic species to
get in Maryland waters without chartering a special boat yourself or
somehow finding yourself on a cruise ship heading past the state. I would
likely be on this trip again this year if it weren't for the fact that I
will be on a trip somewhere else. On August 25th, 2012 Paul ran this trip
to the deep waters off the canyon edges east of Ocean City and we had an
amazing day. We had many of the birds listed above including Trindade and
Black-capped Petrel, all of the storm-petrels (including white-faced) and
Arctic Tern. Here's a checklist for that day
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S11456138 . This is prime time of
year for the chance to get White-faced Storm-petrel, though it's never a
guarantee.

$225 can be a little steep but for an overnight pelagic that gets you to a
chance for some great birds, it can be well worth the expense. There are
few opportunities anymore to get out into Maryland waters at most anytime
of year. Though storms offshore could create rougher conditions, these seas
at this season are often as good as they get for deepwater trips and it's
summer so you don't have to worry so much about keeping warm and dry. If
Paul continues to have difficulty in filling these trips he will stop
chartering them and then the chances of getting out become almost
non-existent.

The spring trip on June 4th filled up at the last minute and it turned into
a great trip. Ask anyone that was on it and they'll tell you how special
that trip was. Keep these trips happening by signing up if you're on the
fence. The trip needs to be booked in another week or so or it will cancel
out, he can't wait until the 20th to see if they get the bookings.

DIsclaimer - I have no financial interest in Paul's bookings and can't go
on this trip. I just feel that it's important to support these trips to
keep them alive.

Regards to all,

Ed Boyd
Westminster, MD

On Wed, Jul 20, 2016 at 9:22 PM, Paul Guris  wrote:

> We are running a trip out of Lewes, DE to the deep (over 6,00') waters
> beyond the edge of the Continental Shelf.  The trip will leave at 10:30 PM
> and return at approximately 4:30 PM the next day.  The cost is $225 per
> person.  We still need about 20 people to get the trip to sail.
>
> Past trips of ours in the Mid-Atlantic region at this time of year have
> found great birds like FEA'S PETREL (once), HERALD/TRINDADE PETREL (once),
> BLACK-CAPPEP PETREL (several times), BAND-RUMPED and LEACH'S STORM-PETRELS
> (most trips), WHITE-FACED STORM-PETREL (multiple trips), SOUTH POLAR SKUA
> (multiple trips), LONG-TAILED JAEGER (multiple trips), SABINE'S GULL
> (once), BRIDLED TERM (multiple trips), and more regular species like
> CORY'S, GREAT, and AUDUBON'S SHEARWATERS, WILSON'S STORM-PETREL, and
> RED-NECKED PHALAROPE.  We've also found good cetaceans in these deep waters
> such as CUVIER'S BEAKED WHALE, PILOT WHALE, RISSO'S DOLPHIN, and even
> STRIPED DOLPHIN.
>
> We will be aboard the approximately 100' long THELMA DALE V.  Our plan is
> to head out to the deep waters beyond the edge of the Continental Shelf
> in the dark and set out a chum slick.  We will spend some time at first
> light scanning the storm-petrel flock since this has been our best method
> for finding Band-rumped and Leach's Storm-Petrels. When we feel we've
> covered the slick well, we'll work other areas until we head for home.  We
> expect to spend most of our offshore time in Maryland waters.
>
> Sleeping conditions are roughly camping style, and the choice of sleeping
> space will be determined by the order people signed up.  People who sign up
> early get first pick of where they wish to sleep.  Sleeping bags and ground
> pads are the way to go, and people will be sleeping on benches, the cabin
> floor, and on the upper deck.  We will limit the number of participants so
> as not to overcrowd the boat.
>
> See Life Paulagics always provides friendly, helpful, and approachable
> leaders for all of our trips. We use radios to get the word of any
> sightings around the boat quickly. It is important to us to get the
> participants on the birds and make sure they are comfortable with the
> IDs, not just create a good trip list.
>
> Be sure to check out our web site for information on how to sign up, and
> to review our policies. If you have any questions or need more
> information, please feel free to contact us by e-mail or phone.
>
> Hope to see you aboard!
>
>
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Subject: Fwd: Avocets at Swan creek
From: Matt Hafner <hafner.matt AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2016 07:58:26 -0400
Morning update from Swan Creek.

Thanks Mark!

Begin forwarded message:

> From: MARK SCHILLING 
> Date: July 28, 2016 at 7:49:42 AM EDT
> To: hafner.matt AT gmail.com
> Subject: Avocets at Swan creek
> 
> Just got here a few moments ago and I see at least two avocets halfway across 
the northern pool 

> 
> Mark
> 🐥_🐋

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Subject: Re: Sandhill Crane and Little Blues - addresses of both sites for mapping
From: Andy Wilson <awilson.gettysburg AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2016 15:26:05 -0400
It is retail - they also have hay rides and other stuff going on during
Fall and Christmas.

I've dipped on the crane twice...must try again.

Andy Wilson
Frederick

On Wed, Jul 27, 2016 at 3:13 PM, JAMES SPEICHER 
wrote:

> Mayne's Tree Farm
> 3420 Buckeystown Pike
> Adamstown, MD
>
> Lilypons Water Gardens
> 6800 Lilypons Rd
> [or Lily Pons Rd; listed both ways in the FRED Verizon Directory]
> Adamstown, MD
>
> To correct an earlier "factoid" of mine re Mayne's:  They don't sell
> LIVE trees.  They do sell cut Xmas trees, but it's still not clear if
> the sell retail or only wholesale.  When I find out, I'll post that
> info...useful as a thank you to the Mayne's people when the snow flies
> as it will eventually.
>
> Jim Speicher
> BroadRun/Burkittsville area
> [FR] Frederick County
> WA Co. MOS member
>
> On 7/26/16, Patricia Wood  wrote:
> > On Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at 7:43:02 PM UTC-4, Carol McClelland wrote:
> >> Where exactly were you on 85?
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Subject: Sandhill Crane and Little Blues - addresses of both sites for mapping
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2016 15:13:50 -0400
Mayne's Tree Farm
3420 Buckeystown Pike
Adamstown, MD

Lilypons Water Gardens
6800 Lilypons Rd
[or Lily Pons Rd; listed both ways in the FRED Verizon Directory]
Adamstown, MD

To correct an earlier "factoid" of mine re Mayne's:  They don't sell
LIVE trees.  They do sell cut Xmas trees, but it's still not clear if
the sell retail or only wholesale.  When I find out, I'll post that
info...useful as a thank you to the Mayne's people when the snow flies
as it will eventually.

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

On 7/26/16, Patricia Wood  wrote:
> On Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at 7:43:02 PM UTC-4, Carol McClelland wrote:
>> Where exactly were you on 85?

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Subject: Mississippi Kite over Baltimore
From: keyweststyle2001 AT gmail.com
Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2016 14:36:32 -0400




Subject: Swan Creek Shorebirds including Long-billed Dowitchers
From: Matt Hafner <hafner.matt AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2016 13:30:43 -0400
Today was a great day for seeing shorebirds at Swan Creek!  The clouds kept
the shimmer to a minimum and excellent scope views were had of most of the
birds.

The highlight today was 3 adult Long-billed Dowitchers.  Not an easy to
bird to find in MD in July.
There were also 6 Short-billed Dowitchers, 14 Stilt Sandpipers, a minimum
of 13 Western Sandpipers (among ~1400 peeps), and 4 Pectoral Sandpipers.

Full checklist with photos of the Long-billed Dowitchers:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30870354

There will certainly be more great birds showing up here in the next couple
weeks and there are probably more out there right now!

Good birding,

Matt Hafner
Forest Hill, MD

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Subject: Swan creek
From: Hugh David Fleischmann <david AT macappraisals.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2016 08:30:05 -0400
Does anyone have plans to go by Swan Creek today to look at the shorebirds? I 
want to go there but shorebirds are not my strength and would love some help 
with some ids and would love to meet anybody up there at the same time. Please 
let me know when I would be graciously thankful to meet you. Have a great day. 


Amazing Birding in 2016!

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

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Subject: Re: Screech Owl Party
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2016 19:26:39 -0700 (PDT)
When's the birdwalk Frank?

Rick Sussman
Woodbine, MD

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Subject: Re: Sandhill Crane and Little Blues
From: Patricia Wood <pwood AT capaccess.org>
Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2016 18:44:29 -0700 (PDT)
On Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at 7:43:02 PM UTC-4, Carol McClelland wrote:
> Where exactly were you on 85?

In both cases, I followed the directions from eBird and their websites online, 
to first Mayne's Tree Farm and went around to their farm stand, and the crane 
was pointed out to me, then headed to Lilypons and stopped on the bridge, on 
Lily Pons Rd., over the Monocacy to see the herons (before getting to the 
entrance to the Water Gardens proper). Mayne's is just north of where 80 hits 
85, and they have a sign. Lily Pons website cautions some of the directions on 
Mapquest etc. aren't correct, so looking at their own directions is probably a 
good idea. Hope this helps. 


Patricia

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Subject: Re: Iceland or Glaucous Gull on Patuxent?
From: "'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2016 01:20:22 +0000 (UTC)
Last year, my wife and I were visiting friends at Plum Point, south of 
Chesapeake Beach in Calvert County. There was a very pale gull that I 
immediately thought was either Iceland or Glaucous but it was actually a Great 
Black-backed Gull. I believe similar birds have been seen in various places in 
MD. A summering Iceland or Glaucous would be pretty rare! 



https://www.flickr.com/photos/8671193 AT N08/22730590254/in/dateposted-public/

Tyler Bell
jtylerbell AT yahoo.com
California, Maryland



________________________________
From: LDF Hollister 
To: Maryland & DC Birding  
Sent: Tuesday, July 26, 2016 7:58 PM
Subject: [MDBirding] Iceland or Glaucous Gull on Patuxent?


Large, all pale gull observed over marshes at Kings Landing Park in Calvert 
County this afternoon. 


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Subject: Iceland or Glaucous Gull on Patuxent?
From: LDF Hollister <ldfhollister AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2016 16:58:02 -0700 (PDT)
Large, all pale gull observed over marshes at Kings Landing Park in Calvert 
County this afternoon. 


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Subject: Sandhill Crane and Little Blues
From: "'Carol McClelland' via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2016 16:43:02 -0700 (PDT)
Where exactly were you on 85?

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Subject: Sandhill Crane and Little Blues
From: Patricia Wood <pwood AT capaccess.org>
Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2016 13:28:58 -0700 (PDT)
I finally made the trip up to see these birds, and was successful with 
both--yay! As soon as I got to the stand, the nice lady asked if I was here to 
see the bird, and pointed to it, over across the pond. Doesn't get any easier 
than that. The bird was preening and ruffling its feathers a little, or 
standing with beak open, and finally sat down for awhile, so I went and looked 
at the barn swallows--22 of them perched on rafters in one barn, and more 
flying around. Several Chipping Sparrow also much in evidence. By the time I 
left, after of course buying yummy peaches and corn, I had one more look at the 
crane, who was up walking around and this time partly hidden by bushes. 


After this, I decided to take a quick look at Lilypons, since it had been 
mentioned that some had seen the Little Blues right from the bridge. (There is 
a nice wide shoulder across the bridge on both sides.) Sure enough, they were 
down in the water near a mudflat where a number of killdeer and various 
shorebirds were running around. By this time, I was wilting fast from the heat, 
and didn't have the energy to try to id any but the Killdeer (but at least I 
counted those, for eBird). 


A passing pickup truck driver stopped to ask if I was seeing anything good, and 
I told him about the little blues, which aren't blue but white, in this case, 
and are unusual. In return he told me about the Sandhill crane at the tree 
farm, and added something interesting--that he had seen the sandhill down where 
the little blues. I wonder if he was right about that, or mixing up his birds. 


The little blues had flown further off, and were perched, still very visible, 
in tree tops when I left. 


Altogether, a very nice day.

Patricia Wood
Silver Spring

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Subject: Re: Screech Owl Party
From: "rhamiltonimprovements via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2016 13:14:52 -0700 (PDT)
On Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at 10:17:33 AM UTC-4, Suzanne Richman wrote:
> So, Frank, when are you having a bird walk at your property?
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> Suzanne 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> From: mdbi... AT googlegroups.com  on behalf of Frank 
Boyle  

> 
> Sent: Tuesday, July 26, 2016 3:35 AM
> 
> To: Maryland Birds & Birding
> 
> Subject: [MDBirding] Screech Owl Party
> 
>  
> 
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sign us up for the bird walk! Val an I have been searching for the Screech Owls 
for over 3 years now...... no luck! we spotted one at Bombay.... but the 
pictures were terrible. 


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Subject: Re: Screech Owl Party
From: Suzanne Richman <suzanne_richman AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2016 14:17:20 +0000
So, Frank, when are you having a bird walk at your property?


Suzanne


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Subject: [MDBirding] Screech Owl Party

I'm up early to get ready for work, and right now out in the meadow tree lines 
there are at least three screech owls having a great time. They are making 
noises I must say I have never heard before, along with the more familiar toots 
and whinnies. Gotta love it! 


Frank

Frank Boyle
Broken Wallet Farm
Rohrersville, MD


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Subject: Voice of the Naturalist, greater DC area, 7/26/2016
From: Gerry Hawkins <maineusa AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2016 08:35:33 -0400
Hotline:     Voice of the Naturalist
Date:        7/26/2016
Coverage:    MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments and questions: voice AT anshome.org
Compiler:    Gerry Hawkins
Sponsor:     Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central
               Atlantic States (independent of NAS)
Transcriber: Steve Cordle

Please consider joining ANS, especially if you are a regular user of
the Voice (Individual $50; Family $65; Nature Steward $100; Audubon
Advocate $200). The membership number is 301-652-9188, option 12; the
address is 8940 Jones Mill Road, Chevy Chase, MD 20815; and the web
site is http://www.AudubonNaturalist.org 
.

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon
Naturalist Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday, July
19 and was completed on July 26 at 7:30 a.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).

The top birds this week were BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCK* in VA, RUFF
in MD and PACIFIC LOON* in DE.

Other birds of interest this week included TRUMPETER SWAN, BLUE-WINGED
TEAL, REDHEAD, SURF and BLACK SCOTERS, KING RAIL, SORA, COMMON
GALLINULE, SANDHILL CRANE, BLACK-NECKED STILT, AMERICAN AVOCET,
BLACK-BELLIED and PIPING PLOVERS, UPLAND SANDPIPER, WHIMBREL, STILT
and WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, GULL-BILLED and BLACK
TERNS, BLACK SKIMMER, COMMON LOON, BROWN PELICAN, AMERICAN and LEAST
BITTERNS, SNOWY EGRET, LITTLE BLUE HERON, CATTLE EGRET, WHITE and
GLOSSY IBIS, MISSISSIPPI KITE, GREAT HORNED OWL, COMMON RAVEN, CLIFF
SWALLOW, RED CROSSBILL, TENNESSEE WARBLER, AMERICAN REDSTART, CERULEAN
and CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLERS, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and DICKCISSEL.

TOP BIRDS

On July 19 a single BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCK* was seen in flight
from the causeway to Jamestown Island, James City Co, VA; and on July
24 six BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCKS* were photographed by a pond near
the 18th hole at the Nicklaus Golf Course in Northampton Co, VA.

A male RUFF found in the marshy impoundment at Swan Farm Harbor Park,
Harford Co, MD on July 18 was seen again early in the morning on July
19. 

An apparent immature PACIFIC LOON* was seen near the red lighthouse
off The Point in Cape Henlopen SP, Sussex Co, DE on July 22 and
photographed and filmed there on July 25. If accepted by the Delaware
Bird Records Committee, this would be a new state record for DE.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

A longstanding tagged adult TRUMPETER SWAN at Lake Churchill in
Montgomery Co, MD was most recently reported on July 19. A continuing
TRUMPETER SWAN also was seen again at the stormwater pond on the east
side of the Broken Land Parkway exit off Route 29 in Howard Co, MD on
July 19-23. 

Small numbers of migratory ducks were seen in the reporting area
during the week. These included a male BLUE-WINGED TEAL in a pond near
99 Oakwood Drive in Rockingham Co, VA on July 19; a male REDHEAD at a
private pond along Kings Highway in King George Co, VA on July 25; a
male SURF SCOTER at Assateague Island NS, Worcester Co, MD on July 23;
and 2-3 BLACK SCOTERS at Cape Henlopen SP, Sussex Co, DE on July 23
and 25. 

Encounters with KING RAILS at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax Co, VA on
July 19 and in the prior week suggest that this species nested there
for the first time in many years. A KING RAIL, as well as a juvenile
VIRGINIA RAIL and a COMMON GALLINULE, were found along Green Dumpster
Road on Deal Island, Somerset Co, MD on July 25. A family of SORAS,
another member of the rail family, was seen again at the Nazarene
Church Wetlands in Rockingham Co, VA on July 18, 19, 21 and 23.

A single SANDHILL CRANE continues at a small pond near Mayne's Tree
Farm and in fields along nearby roads in Frederick Co, MD, with the
latest sighting on July 25. On July 25 two summering SANDHILL CRANES
were seen again along Kiddsville Road (Fishersville) in Augusta Co,
VA. 

Highlights of the early stages of shorebird migration included large
numbers of AMERICAN AVOCETS at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE and the
Craney Island Disposal Area, Portsmouth, VA, with a week high 81 and
174 individuals at these respective locations on July 20 and July 21,
respectively. Concentrations of BLACK-NECKED STILT, a frequent
companion of the AMERICAN AVOCET, included an area high 74 individuals
at the Craney Island Disposal Area, Portsmouth, VA on July 21 and 38
individuals along Big Stone Beach Road in the Milford Neck Wildlife
Area, Kent Co, DE on July 24. A single BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER was
photographed at Swan Creek Wetland ? Cox Creek, Anne Arundel Co, MD on
July 20 and 21, and a single PIPING PLOVER was photographed at
Grandview Nature Preserve, Hampton, VA on July 24. Two UPLAND
SANDPIPERS were spotted at the Salisbury Airport, Wicomico Co, MD on
July 21. Four WHIMBRELS were found along Savages Ditch Road in
Delaware Seashore SP, Sussex Co, DE on July 23 and one was spotted
along Prime Hook Beach Road in Sussex Co, DE on July 24. A WHIMBREL
also was seen at Back Bay NWR, Virginia Beach, VA on July 22. The area
highs of STILT SANDPIPER consisted of 14 individuals along Big Stone
Beach Road in the Milford Neck Wildlife Area, Sussex Co, DE on July 25
and ten individuals at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE on July 24. A
single WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was spotted at the Craney Island
Disposal Area, Portsmouth, VA on July 21 and along Port Mahon Road in
Kent Co, DE on July 22. A WILSON'S PHALAROPE also was seen at the
Craney Island Disposal Area on July 21 and near the bridge along Cods
Road in Prime Hook NWR, Sussex Co, DE on July 19 and 24.

An area high nine GULL-BILLED TERNS, including young, were observed at
the Craney Island Disposal Area, Portsmouth, VA on July 21. Noteworthy
terns also included a single BLACK TERN seen in flight from Tydings
Memorial Park, Harford Co, MD on July 19 and a continuing BLACK
SKIMMER observed during the regular weekly survey of Hart-Miller
Island, Baltimore Co, MD on July 20.

On July 22 a basic-plumaged COMMON LOON was at Back Bay NWR, Virginia
Beach, VA, which likely was the same individual seen there on July 16.

Six BROWN PELICANS were observed at Swan Creek Wetland ? Cox Creek in
Anne Arundel Co, MD on July 19, a likely result of the increasing
presence of this species along the coasts of DE, MD and VA and
Chesapeake Bay. 

On July 19 an AMERICAN BITTERN was seen in flight from Green Dumpster
Road on Deal Island, Somerset Co, MD. Sightings of the elusive LEAST
BITTERN consisted of three and two individuals encountered on July 21
at Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, Anne Arundel Co, MD and Dyke Marsh WP,
Fairfax Co, VA, respectively, and individual sightings at several
other locations.

Post-breeding dispersal produced a SNOWY EGRET at Kenilworth Aquatic
Gardens, Washington, DC on July 23 and 24, LITTLE BLUE HERONS, mostly
juveniles, at several locations, including an area high five at
Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax Co, VA on July 24, and a single CATTLE
EGRET at Swan Harbor Farm Park, Harford Co, MD on July 19.

A WHITE IBIS was seen at several locations as far north as central DE,
with a high of six individuals near the intersection of Cods and 13
Curves Road in Sussex Co on July 25 and individual sightings at four
other locations in Kent and Sussex Counties. Sightings of GLOSSY IBIS
at coastal locations included an area high 280 individuals along Big
Stone Beach Road in the Milford Neck Wildlife Area, Kent Co, DE on
July 24 and 94 individuals along Green Dumpster Road on Deal Island,
Somerset Co, MD on July 25. Inland two GLOSSY IBIS were photographed
in Charles City, VA on July 24.

At least ten MISSISSIPPI KITES were observed in flight over the Prince
William Landfill in Prince William Co, VA on July 24. Sightings of
this increasingly common species elsewhere in Virginia included two
individuals over Runt Powell Farm in Halifax Co on July 24; 1-2
individuals over Green Spring Garden Park and nearby Vale Road in
Fairfax Co on July 19, 20 and 21; four individuals along Kings Landing
Circle in Virginia Beach on July 19; and a continuing individual over
Waverly Hills and nearby in Arlington Co on July 20 and 21.

On July 24 a resident of Washington, DC was surprised to find a GREAT
HORNED OWL perched in a tree in his back yard in the Dalecarlia
Parkway/Reservoir area.

Lowland COMMON RAVENS included a family of four in flight above Fort
George G. Meade, Anne Arundel Co, MD on July 20.

A small number of nesting CLIFF SWALLOWS continue to be observed at
the Georgetown Reservoir and the pedestrian bridge to Theodore
Roosevelt Island in Washington, DC.

On July 23 several RED CROSSBILLS were again seen at Briery Branch Gap
and nearby in Rockingham Co, VA.

Noteworthy sightings of warblers, which are all presumably early
migrants, included a TENNESSEE WARBLER photographed along Burning
Mines Road SW near the Mountainview Landfill in Allegany Co, MD on
July 23, a pair of AMERICAN REDSTARTS reported along Turkle Pond Road
in Sussex Co, DE on July 22, and a CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER photographed
in a residential yard in Loudoun Co, VA on July 23. Warbler highlights
also included two CERULEAN WARBLERS at each of Billmeyer WMA, Allegany
Co, MD and Mint Springs Valley Park, Albemarle Co, VA on July 23.

On July 22 two WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS were encountered at different
locations at Masonville Cove, Baltimore Co, MD, where they are
apparently spending the summer.

The only reports of DICKCISSEL during the week were a continuing male
along Fowler Beach Road in Prime Hook NWR, Sussex Co, DE on July 20,
24 and 25. 

***

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

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

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

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Subject: Screech Owl Party
From: Frank Boyle <ravenfrank AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2016 03:35:50 -0400
I'm up early to get ready for work, and right now out in the meadow tree lines 
there are at least three screech owls having a great time. They are making 
noises I must say I have never heard before, along with the more familiar toots 
and whinnies. Gotta love it! 


Frank

Frank Boyle
Broken Wallet Farm
Rohrersville, MD


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Subject: Great Horned Owl
From: Rit Thompson <rit.thompson AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Jul 2016 13:52:12 -0700 (PDT)
Back Yard NW DC- Dalecarlia Parkway/Reservoir Area Sunday July 24

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Subject: Deal Island--Green Dumpster Rd, Jul 25, 2016
From: Joe Hanfman <auk1844 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Jul 2016 15:40:11 -0400
Jeff Culler and I spent this morning at Green Dumpster Rd, Deal Island,
Somerset County.

The highlights were:

Least Bittern - End of the road, beyond the yellow gate, and on the left
side.
Glossy Ibis - high count of 94 birds.
Virginia Rail - juvenile
King Rail - seen near the beginning of the road on the left side.
Common Gallinule - End of the road, beyond the yellow gate, and on the left
side.
Black-necked Stilt - high count of 17.
swallow sp. - This is the one that got away. Probably a Bank Swallow but
not seen well enough to count.

Our complete list is below with several photos attached to the checklist.

Deal Island--Green Dumpster Rd, Somerset, Maryland, US
Jul 25, 2016 8:13 AM - 10:15 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Comments:     
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.2.2 Build 70 35 species Canada Goose 50 American Black Duck 6 Least Bittern 1 Great Egret 8 Snowy Egret 5 Tricolored Heron 5 Green Heron 3 Glossy Ibis 94 Black Vulture 1 Turkey Vulture 2 Osprey 2 King Rail 1 Virginia Rail 1 Juvenile Common Gallinule 1 Black-necked Stilt 17 Careful count Killdeer 1 Spotted Sandpiper 1 Greater Yellowlegs 5 Willet (Eastern) 5 Lesser Yellowlegs 6 Least Sandpiper 20 Semipalmated Sandpiper 2 Short-billed Dowitcher 3 Laughing Gull 3 Royal Tern 1 Mourning Dove 3 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 1 Purple Martin 6 Barn Swallow 20 Marsh Wren 8 Northern Mockingbird 1 European Starling 12 Seaside Sparrow 8 Red-winged Blackbird 20 Boat-tailed Grackle 1 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30842309 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org) -- Joe Hanfman Columbia, MD -- -- 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: Tawes Garden - oasis of green complete with a few good birds
From: Karen Caruso <karen.caruso AT verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2016 12:42:49 -0700 (PDT)
Helen Avalynne Tawes Garden, Anne Arundel, Maryland, US
Jul 24, 2016 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
8 species

Red-shouldered Hawk  2
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
American Crow  6
Tree Swallow  1
Carolina Chickadee  3
Summer Tanager  1
Northern Cardinal  2
American Goldfinch  1

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Subject: JBWS/ Western Branch - nice sampling of the usual suspects....
From: Karen Caruso <karen.caruso AT verizon.net>
Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2016 18:22:24 -0700 (PDT)
Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, Anne Arundel, Maryland, US
Jul 23, 2016 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
5.0 mile(s)
Comments: Canoe trip from JBWS across the Patuxent River and up Western Branch 

26 species

Great Blue Heron  4
Osprey  12
Mourning Dove  1
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  1
Chimney Swift  3
Belted Kingfisher  2
Downy Woodpecker  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Eastern Kingbird  1
Blue Jay  2
Tree Swallow  12
Barn Swallow  7
Carolina Chickadee  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Marsh Wren  3
Carolina Wren  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  2
American Robin  2
Brown Thrasher  1
Chipping Sparrow  1
Summer Tanager  1
Northern Cardinal  2
Red-winged Blackbird  23
Orchard Oriole  1
American Goldfinch  15

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Subject: Re: Hummingbirds @ North Tract
From: "Dave Mitchell (Howard County)" <mitch.design.srvc AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2016 15:56:00 -0700 (PDT)
Stopped by today, hummingbirds were active didn't appear to be bothered by the 
heat. The sparrows were panting. 


Saw range 1 through the fence, a few punds of lead there are mine. The smooth 
shutter finger is mandatory at 600 yards. 


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Subject: Western MD 7/23/2016 - Tennessee Warbler
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2016 13:55:12 -0700 (PDT)
Today was birdy but HOT in western MD. I had a hunch there was going to be a 
mega-rarity at the Cumberland Terminus this morning, so I stopped there first. 
My hunch was wrong, and it was one of the most lackluster trips to the Terminus 
I've ever had. 


North Branch offered a flyover Solitary Sandpiper and three BLUE GROSBEAKS at 
the end of the tarps. This was a county bird for me. One was singing behind the 
building complex and a pair was perched next to the bike path. 


Town Hill offered no warblers, but Billmeyer WMA provided excellent looks at 
Worm-eating and Cerulean Warblers. 


Piney Reservoir offered a female Hooded Merganser and two Solitary Sandpipers.

Finzel Swamp was extremely birdy. My favorites were a Baltimore Oriole perched 
on the second bridge and three Purple Finches foraging at close range. The male 
sang several times. 


However, the absolute highlight of the day was a TENNESSEE WARBLER at Burning 
Mines Road near Frostburg. This is great Old Legislative-type habitat. The road 
is public but the land is private, so remember that if you bird here. Also 
watch for large vehicles, since the road leads to a landfill. There were also 
several Grasshopper Sparrows singing here. 


Photo of the TEWA is here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30819085

Tim Carney
Nottingham, MD

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Subject: Snowy Egret at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, DC
From: Wayne Baumgartner <whbaumga AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2016 14:43:02 -0400
Found by Frank Hawkins et al early this morning, and visible now at 2:40 pm in 
the main marsh from the overlook at the end of the boardwalk. 


   
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Subject: Riva Area Park - Towhee, Kingbirds
From: Karen Caruso <karen.caruso AT verizon.net>
Date: Fri, 22 Jul 2016 15:29:25 -0700 (PDT)
My area park ( on Riva Road, close to the intersection with Central Ave)- 
Towhee was close to the trail and easily visible. The Kingbirds are very 
reliable as well. 



Riva Area Park, Anne Arundel, Maryland, US
Jul 22, 2016 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Hot, humid
15 species

Turkey Vulture  1
Osprey  2
Mourning Dove  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Eastern Kingbird  2
Blue Jay  2
Carolina Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  1
House Wren  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  2
Gray Catbird  1
Northern Mockingbird  2
Chipping Sparrow  2
Eastern Towhee  1
Northern Cardinal  2

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Subject: Hart-Miller Island, 07/20/16
From: Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Jul 2016 17:26:59 -0400
07/20/16 – 715am-3pm

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



WEATHER: Fair/PC, 71-83 degrees, NNW 8K- E 5K   OBS: 3



Canada Goose – 442

Wood Duck – 47

American Black Duck – 1

Mallard – 72

*NORTHERN PINTAIL – 1

Green-winged Teal – 12

Lesser Scaup – 5

Pied-billed Grebe – 15

Double-crested Cormorant – 16

Great Blue Heron – 7

Great Egret – 12

Snowy Egret – 2

Green Heron – 2

*GLOSSY IBIS – 2

Turkey Vulture – 3

Osprey – 16 (two soaring high w/ two eagles and harrier, then headed S)

Bald Eagle – 4

*NORTHERN HARRIER – 1 (migrating, w/ two eagles and two ospreys)

Red-tailed Hawk – 1

American Coot – 3

Semipalmated Plover – 4

Killdeer – 6

Greater Yellowlegs – 3

Lesser Yellowlegs – 40

Spotted Sandpiper – 3

Least Sandpiper – 133

*PECTORAL SANDPIPER – 1

*STILT SANDPIPER – 1

Short-billed Dowitcher – 1

Laughing Gull – 91

Ring-billed Gull – 129

Herring Gull – 11

Great Black-backed Gull – 32

Caspian Tern – 190

Common Tern – 1

*BLACK SKIMMER – 1

Mourning Dove – 5

Yellow-billed Cuckoo – 2

Ruby-throated Hummingbird – 1

Downy Woodpecker – 2

Eastern Wood-pewee – 1

Eastern Kingbird – 7

American Crow – 1

Tree Swallow – 7

Bank Swallow – 27

Barn Swallow – 34

Carolina Chickadee – 2

Carolina Wren – 4

Marsh Wren – 7

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher – 2

Gray Catbird – 4

Northern Mockingbird – 1

European Starling – 223

Yellow Warbler – 2

Common Yellowthroat – 49

Northern Cardinal – 10

Blue Grosbeak – 5

Indigo Bunting – 8

Red-winged Blackbird – 92

Brown-headed Cowbird – 10

Orchard Oriole – 6

House Finch – 4

American Goldfinch – 13

SPECIES: 63   INDIVIDUALS: 1840



MAMMALS: Red Fox – 1, WT Deer – 2



AMPHIBIANS: Fowler’s Toad – 16



BUTTERFLIES:

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail – 2

Black Swallowtail – 2

Swallowtail Sp – 1

Cabbage White – 9

Orange Sulphur – 25

Common Buckeye – 2

Eastern Tailed Blue – 4

Monarch – 8

Wild Indigo Duskywing – 1

Silver-spotted Skipper – 3

Least Skipper – 2



DRAGONFLIES:

C Green Darner – 1

Needham’s Skimmer – 20

Black Saddlebags – 4

Four-spotted Pennant – 4

Eastern Pondhawk – 15

Halloween Pennant – 2



INSECTS

Flatid Planthopper – 25

Chickweed Geometer – 1

Canada Thistle Bud Weevil – 1 ?

Bronzed Tiger Beetle – 2

Spotted Cucumber Beetle – 2

Multi-colored Asian Beetle – 1

Yellow-collared Scape Moth – 1


   Kevin Graff
   Jarrettsville, MD
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Subject: Swan Creek 7/21/2016
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Jul 2016 09:58:10 -0700 (PDT)
Highlights from yesterday's census included one Black-bellied Plover and one 
Western Sandpiper in the north cell; one Cattle Egret offshore; and an influx 
of Laughing Gulls in the general area. 


A large flock of peeps was feeding in the south cell, but dispersed suddenly 
and did not return. Attacks by a Peregrine Falcon and two Cooper's Hawks might 
have had something to do with it. 


Full eBird list below.

Tim Carney
Nottingham, MD

Swan Creek Wetland--Cox Creek DMCF, Anne Arundel, Maryland, US
Jul 21, 2016 7:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments: *** NOTE: Swan Creek/Cox Creek is an active industrial site and 
mitigation project in northern Anne Arundel Co. Access is at the end of Kembo 
Road off Fort Smallwood Road near 695. The site is open ONLY Monday through 
Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Please be in your car and leaving at 3:30 p.m. 
Remember to always sign in at the office, to be on your best behavior (people 
have worked hard to coordinate this access), and to stick to permitted areas. 
This Swan Creek map linked here details where you are and aren't allowed to 
walk. http://www.billhubick.com/docs/swan_creek_map.jpg. *** 


Partly cloudy, 73-88°F, calm-8 mph variable directions


66 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  112
Wood Duck  2
American Black Duck  3
Mallard  332
Ruddy Duck  5
Double-crested Cormorant  113
Great Blue Heron  12
Great Egret  4
Snowy Egret  3
Little Blue Heron  2
Cattle Egret  1
Black Vulture  3
Turkey Vulture  2
Osprey  5
Cooper's Hawk  2
Bald Eagle  3
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Black-bellied Plover  1
Killdeer  25
Spotted Sandpiper  16
Lesser Yellowlegs  14
Least Sandpiper  13
Semipalmated Sandpiper  67
Western Sandpiper  1
peep sp.  1479
Laughing Gull  63
Ring-billed Gull  13
Herring Gull  21
Common Tern  4
Mourning Dove  3
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  1
Chimney Swift  6
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  2
American Kestrel  1
Peregrine Falcon  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Eastern Kingbird  2
Red-eyed Vireo  5
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  1
Fish Crow  1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  16
Bank Swallow  3
Barn Swallow  14
Carolina Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  7
Marsh Wren  3
Carolina Wren  5
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  6
American Robin  2
Gray Catbird  1
Northern Mockingbird  4
European Starling  203
Cedar Waxwing  6
Common Yellowthroat  11
Yellow Warbler  1
Song Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  18
Blue Grosbeak  5
Indigo Bunting  19
Red-winged Blackbird  37
Brown-headed Cowbird  7
Orchard Oriole  1
American Goldfinch  7

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30792523

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

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Subject: Blue Mash Nature Trail -- Jul 22, 2016
From: john pangborn <pangborn.john19 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Jul 2016 05:29:04 -0700
Submitted from eBird Android 1.2.3

11 Canada Goose
20 Mallard
3 Great Blue Heron
15 Great Egret
1 Green Heron
6 Killdeer
1 Greater Yellowlegs
2 Lesser Yellowlegs
4 Least Sandpiper
3 Pectoral Sandpiper
4 Semipalmated Sandpiper
2 Mourning Dove
1 Great Crested Flycatcher
1 Red-eyed Vireo
3 American Crow
2 House Wren
3 Carolina Wren
1 Wood Thrush
1 Gray Catbird
2 Northern Mockingbird
1 Field Sparrow
2 Northern Cardinal
1 Indigo Bunting

Number of Taxa: 23

John pangborn
Gaithersburg md

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Subject: JBWS Ongoing Bird Survey - Least Bitterns and Green Heron
From: Karen Caruso <karen.caruso AT verizon.net>
Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2016 11:09:48 -0700 (PDT)
Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, Anne Arundel, Maryland, US
Jul 21, 2016 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Hot and humid
46 species

Wood Duck  3
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Least Bittern 3 Observed from the marsh blind: two birds - and an additional 1 
from the observation deck 

Great Blue Heron  11
Green Heron  1     On the boat dock at the end of the Railroad Bed Trail
Turkey Vulture  4
Osprey  20
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Laughing Gull  1
Caspian Tern  2
Mourning Dove  6
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Downy Woodpecker  5
Eastern Wood-Pewee  3
Acadian Flycatcher  10
Eastern Kingbird  3
White-eyed Vireo  1
Yellow-throated Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  3
Tree Swallow  50
Bank Swallow  6
Barn Swallow  16
Tufted Titmouse  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Marsh Wren  6
Carolina Wren  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  5
Eastern Bluebird  1
Wood Thrush  4
American Robin  2
Gray Catbird  4
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  2
Common Yellowthroat  6
Northern Parula  3
Pine Warbler  1
Yellow-breasted Chat  1
Chipping Sparrow  1
Eastern Towhee  2
Scarlet Tanager  1
Northern Cardinal  2
Indigo Bunting  6
Red-winged Blackbird  110
Baltimore Oriole  1
American Goldfinch  5

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Subject: Re: Hummingbirds @ North Tract
From: "'Rod Burley' via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2016 10:51:45 -0400
You are correct Sam! It is a restoration project. They are removing all the 
lead from the ground. Literally taking and trucking all the trees and ground 
out. At least the first couple feet of dirt. They will truck in more dirt and 
then replant trees. 


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> On Jul 21, 2016, at 10:21 AM, Samuel Miller  wrote:
> 
> I believe they are trying to remove all of the lead from that plot of land. I 
may be wrong though. 

> 
> - Sam Miller
> Gambrills MD
> 
> 
>> On Jul 21, 2016 9:31 AM, "Marcy Stutzman"  
wrote: 

>> Over my lunch hour yesterday (bad time for birding, but only time I had), I 
went for a quick drive around North Tract (Patuxent Research Refuge). The 
entrance is off Rte 198 between Rtes 32 and 295, next to ball fields. 

>> 
>> Patuxent Research Refuge
>> North Tract
>> 230 Bald Eagle Drive
>> Laurel, MD 20724
>> 301/776 3090
>> http://www.fws.gov/northeast/patuxent
>> 
>> The most entertaining time was at the contact station itself. If you park 
behind the building in the shade, you'll see multiple hummingbird feeders - and 
multile hummingbirds! It is probably the easiest way to bird over a lunch hour. 
The hummingbirds seemed to take the comings/goings of humans in stride and were 
all about the nectar! 

>> 
>> Many birds were singing and chipping, and a few even showed themselves - 
most being smarter than me and staying out of the mid-sun. 

>> 
>> I forgot to ask the volunteer at the contact station about Range 17. Does 
anyone know what going on at Range 17 (trees felled, land cleared, construction 
equipment onsite, etc.) 

>> 
>> 
>> Marcy Stutzman
>> Russett, MD 20724
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Subject: Re: Hummingbirds @ North Tract
From: Samuel Miller <srmiller2022 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2016 10:21:09 -0400
I believe they are trying to remove all of the lead from that plot of land.
I may be wrong though.

- Sam Miller
Gambrills MD

On Jul 21, 2016 9:31 AM, "Marcy Stutzman" 
wrote:

> Over my lunch hour yesterday (bad time for birding, but only time I had),
> I went for a quick drive around North Tract (Patuxent Research Refuge).
> The entrance is off Rte 198 between Rtes 32 and 295, next to ball fields.
>
> Patuxent Research Refuge
> North Tract
> 230 Bald Eagle Drive
> Laurel, MD 20724
> 301/776 3090
> http://www.fws.gov/northeast/patuxent
>
> The most entertaining time was at the contact station itself.  If you park
> behind the building in the shade, you'll see multiple hummingbird feeders
> - and multile hummingbirds!  It is probably the easiest way to bird over a
> lunch hour. The hummingbirds seemed to take the  comings/goings of humans
> in stride and were all about the nectar!
>
> Many birds were singing and chipping, and a few even showed themselves -
> most being smarter than me and staying out of the mid-sun.
>
> I forgot to ask the volunteer at the contact station about Range 17. Does
> anyone know what going on at Range 17 (trees felled, land cleared,
> construction equipment onsite, etc.)
>
>
> Marcy Stutzman
> Russett, MD 20724
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Subject: Hummingbirds @ North Tract
From: Marcy Stutzman <marciastutzman AT netscape.net>
Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2016 06:31:49 -0700 (PDT)
Over my lunch hour yesterday (bad time for birding, but only time I had), I 
went for a quick drive around North Tract (Patuxent Research Refuge). The 
entrance is off Rte 198 between Rtes 32 and 295, next to ball fields. 


Patuxent Research Refuge
North Tract
230 Bald Eagle Drive
Laurel, MD 20724
301/776 3090
http://www.fws.gov/northeast/patuxent

The most entertaining time was at the contact station itself. If you park 
behind the building in the shade, you'll see multiple hummingbird feeders - and 
multile hummingbirds! It is probably the easiest way to bird over a lunch hour. 
The hummingbirds seemed to take the comings/goings of humans in stride and were 
all about the nectar! 


Many birds were singing and chipping, and a few even showed themselves - most 
being smarter than me and staying out of the mid-sun. 


I forgot to ask the volunteer at the contact station about Range 17. Does 
anyone know what going on at Range 17 (trees felled, land cleared, construction 
equipment onsite, etc.) 



Marcy Stutzman
Russett, MD 20724

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Subject: Aug 20-21 Overnight Lewes, DE Pelagic
From: Paul Guris <paulagics.com AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2016 21:22:54 -0400
We are running a trip out of Lewes, DE to the deep (over 6,00') waters
beyond the edge of the Continental Shelf.  The trip will leave at 10:30 PM
and return at approximately 4:30 PM the next day.  The cost is $225 per
person.  We still need about 20 people to get the trip to sail.

Past trips of ours in the Mid-Atlantic region at this time of year have
found great birds like FEA'S PETREL (once), HERALD/TRINDADE PETREL (once),
BLACK-CAPPEP PETREL (several times), BAND-RUMPED and LEACH'S STORM-PETRELS
(most trips), WHITE-FACED STORM-PETREL (multiple trips), SOUTH POLAR SKUA
(multiple trips), LONG-TAILED JAEGER (multiple trips), SABINE'S GULL
(once), BRIDLED TERM (multiple trips), and more regular species like
CORY'S, GREAT, and AUDUBON'S SHEARWATERS, WILSON'S STORM-PETREL, and
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE.  We've also found good cetaceans in these deep waters
such as CUVIER'S BEAKED WHALE, PILOT WHALE, RISSO'S DOLPHIN, and even
STRIPED DOLPHIN.

We will be aboard the approximately 100' long THELMA DALE V.  Our plan is
to head out to the deep waters beyond the edge of the Continental Shelf in
the dark and set out a chum slick.  We will spend some time at first
light scanning
the storm-petrel flock since this has been our best method for finding
Band-rumped
and Leach's Storm-Petrels. When we feel we've covered the slick well, we'll
work other areas until we head for home.  We expect to spend most of our
offshore time in Maryland waters.

Sleeping conditions are roughly camping style, and the choice of sleeping
space will be determined by the order people signed up.  People who sign up
early get first pick of where they wish to sleep.  Sleeping bags and ground
pads are the way to go, and people will be sleeping on benches, the cabin
floor, and on the upper deck.  We will limit the number of participants so
as not to overcrowd the boat.

See Life Paulagics always provides friendly, helpful, and approachable
leaders for all of our trips. We use radios to get the word of any
sightings around the boat quickly. It is important to us to get the
participants on the birds and make sure they are comfortable with the IDs,
not just create a good trip list.

Be sure to check out our web site for information on how to sign up,
and to review
our policies. If you have any questions or need more information, please
feel free to contact us by e-mail or phone.

Hope to see you aboard!


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Subject: Smith I., MD & Shanks I., VA, July 18-19, 2016.
From: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2016 20:34:00 +0000
SHANKS ISLAND, VA, & SMITH ISLAND, MD, JULY 18-19, 2016.


JULY 18, MONDAY. Drive from Philadelphia to Crisfield, MD. At Wilmington it is 
97 degrees F. A roadkill Woodchuck south of Seaford, DE, Route 13. Then the 
Crisfield Budget Inn (formerly the Pines Motel) where I lodge with John Weske. 
This motel is still nice (very cool room) but the swimming pool contains a huge 
pile of dirt. Five of the largest pines, had been healthy trees, have been 
unaccountably topped off. What remains are stubs 20 feet high. 



A Great Crested Flycatcher calls behind our room and Laughing Gulls fly low 
overhead. Two jimcorker storms (the kind Floyd Parks calls “toadstranglers 
and frog chokers”) each last about half an hour in the evening, the deluge 
torrential, with impressive thunder and lightning right over the motel. John 
hears some Fowler’s Toads when he arrives at 10:45 P.M. Tomorrow morning we 
will see a petit pois-sized toadlet right outside the motel room door, capable 
of hopping many times its length. 



JULY 19, TUESDAY. 16 of us launch in 2 boats from Somers Cove Marina at 8 A.M., 
returning at 2 P.M. Our party has numerous good folks from the U.S.D.A. (based 
at Blackwater N.W.R.) and USF&WS personnel from Blackwater and Eastern Neck 
N.W.R.’s, and a few others. Weather is good: fair, winds NW 10+ then 
diminishing somewhat, temps in the 80s. We’re headed to Shanks I., VA, c. 3 
mi. N of Tangier I., 2 mi. S of the MD/VA line, to band young Brown Pelicans. 
Shanks I. & Cheeseman I. basically don’t exist anymore. 



What is left of Shanks and Cheeseman has migrated E and is now a long strip of 
beach contiguous with the expansive saltmarsh of South Point Marsh. The beach 
is topped by a dune-like ridge rising 3-4 foot above the beach per se, 
well-vegetated, and has thousands of tussocks of Panicum (panic or switch 
grass). Many of the pelican nests are on top of these tussocks, some 1-2 feet 
above ground level, high and dry. No Willets today, probably already departed 
as they do every year in late July. 



Most of the Double-crested Cormorant nests are vacated, their young fledging 
long before the pelicans. At one time I carefully estimate 950 flight-capable 
cormorants in sight from one place. Fringing much of the sandy beach are sod 
banks, exposed as the whole thing continues to shift eastwards, overtaking the 
marsh. There is some Sea Rocket, making this habitat very similar to coastal 
beach vegetation. We work most of this beach-dune area, for 1,000 feet or so, 
anywhere there are pelican nests. 



SMITH ISLAND, MD, the area around EWELL. On the way to Shanks our boats motor 
up Big Thorofare and slowly through the channel past Ewell, with Goat Island 
(that still has goats, which we see), then out to Chesapeake Bay, passing Swan 
I. and the 2 very long and also very low rock jetties. Consequently, as we do 
not stop, there is not much I can do about the birdlife in < 0.5 hours we are 
here. Swan Island, adjoining the N jetty, has a healthy, small tree hammock and 
lots of nesting herons visible in it today. When I first visited here in 1978 
(cf. Maryland birdlife, “Summer birds of lower Chesapeake Bay islands in 
Maryland,” September 1978, pp. 99-151), there were no trees. 



Even back then, as it still seems now, the adjacent marsh was emergent, 
building up. In 1978, 1979 & 1980 I spent a week each year at the height of the 
breeding season, based in the Glenn L Martin N.W.R. house in Ewell. During 
those times of intensive field work I did not see one Brown Pelican. 



EWELL AREA: American Black Duck 8, American Oystercatcher 1, Great Egret 24, 
Little Blue Heron 2, Osprey 4, Purple Martin 40, Fish Crow 6, Yellow-crowned 
Night Heron 1, Boat-tailed Grackle 1 (carrying food), Tricolored Heron 1, 
Red-winged Blackbird 3. 



SHANKS ISLAND, VA. Today we band 545 Brown Pelican and 73 Double-crested 
Cormorant chicks. These are preliminary totals. With numerous discrete strings 
of bands and 4-5 banders an exact, official count always has to come later 
after the starting band inventory is examined. John Weske is in charge, gives 
us all an orientation. Since he mentions the effects of DDT on pelicans and 
other birds I put in a plug after his talk for a fine new book, DDT Wars by 
Charles F. Wurster (Oxford U. Pr., 2015, 213p.). Shanks is one of the most 
remote areas in Chesapeake Bay, near wilderness. 



Birds noted there: Northern Harrier 1 (flushed a Glossy Ibis), Seaside Sparrow 
9, Tricolored Heron 5, American Black Duck 1, Yellow-crowned Night Heron 1, 
Black-crowned Night Heron 2, Osprey 4, Marsh Wren 1, American Oystercatcher 8, 
Fish Crow 7, Barn Swallow 7, Great Egret 6, Snowy Egret 2, Little Blue Heron 2, 
Red-winged Blackbird 4, Royal Tern 16, Laughing Gull 1, Caspian Tern 1, Herring 
Gulls 100s, and Great Black-backed Gull dozens/scores. 



I think we band 95%+ of all pelican chicks that are bandable. There are 
numerous nests of very small pelican chicks (with no feathers or down), called, 
“naked chicks”, as it were. There are no chicks too large to band, that is, 
well-feathered, that fly away or otherwise escape (the catchable ones called 
“bruisers”). The chicks we band are the whitish ones, called “whiteys”, 
or “downies”, verging on the larger sizes, on their way to becoming 
“bruisers”. 



For the past 5 or so years this area has boasted 1,000+ pairs of pelicans. It 
is thought that many of those birds are now breeding farther north on Holland 
I., Dorchester County, MD, where a banding foray will be held in a few weeks. 



I try to note all pelican nests that still have eggs, not very many, and think 
I found all of such. Six with 1 egg, two with 2 eggs, seven with 3 eggs, one 
with 1 egg & 1 young, one with 2 eggs & 1 young, and two with 1 egg & 2 young 
for a total of 19 such nests. I don’t see any cormorant nests with eggs but 
see 7 dead cormorants, no dead pelicans. NON-AVIAN TAXA: 1 Cabbage White, 60-70 
Seaside Dragonlets, a few other dragonflies. Invariably a few pelican chicks 
regurgitate due to stress, some of this involves sizable Menhaden, 10 inches or 
so. I only see 2 Herring Gull nests, with 2 and 1 egg respectively, and just a 
few large chicks that have retreated out onto the water. 



I don’t feel comfortable as a pelican bander. I do have the strength and 
skill to make a good crimp on the bands, but it takes effort. And after a few 
dozen bandings tendonitis sets in. Feeling a bit tuckered out today, I do not 
participate in the cormorant banding, that takes place apres pelican banding. 
So I wimp out, return to the boat to hydrate and scan for birds over the marsh. 
So my role today is as a bird catcher. I sustain, if that is the word, 6 small 
bruises, one cut, and a slight contusion on my hands and arms compliments of 
the pelis. In the heat of banding, the fog of field work, these are not noticed 
until later in the day. Not as bad as it may sound. All are minor. As we age 
bruising is easier. 



After the banding and boat trips John Weske heads for Ocracoke I., NC, a c. 
7-hour drive trailering his boat, too, and ferry trip, to follow by 2 days of 
banding Royal Terns there. He is 79, with seemingly easily-sustained endurance. 
My own drive is 4 hours, considerable, but when I get home I have nothing to do 
but rest, write, pay bills, take naps, and watch TV for several days. 



Best to all. - Harry Armistead. 		 	   		  

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Subject: Sandhill Crane, Buckeystown
From: "'Michael Bowen' via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2016 11:56:13 -0400
Seen briefly along Manor Woods Rd. Less than 1/2 mile west of Route 85 at 11:20 
a.m. On 7/20. Not subsequently redound despite long search on foot around tree 
farm. 



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Subject: Swan Harbor Update
From: krschwa1 AT verizon.net
Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2016 10:00:58 -0500 (CDT)




Subject: Swan Harbor
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2016 04:09:11 -0700
I am currently at the NW corner of the north impoundment. I did not
seriously expect to find the Ruff (frankly I think it was actually a
Reeve), and, of course, it still is not present. Nor are any of the herons
Bob noted yesterday. Currently only a Lesser Yellowlegs and 4 Least
Sandpipers.

Kurt Schwarz
Ellicott City
kurtschwarz4 at gmail.

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Subject: Fwd: DC Area, 7/19/2016
From: Lydia Schindler <lydia13621 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2016 06:18:03 -0400
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Hotline:     Voice of the Naturalist
Date:        7/19/2016
Coverage:    MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments and questions: voice AT anshome.org
Compiler:    Helen Patton
Sponsor:     Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central
               Atlantic States (independent of NAS)
Transcriber: Steve Cordle

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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, July 12 with
sightings through July 18 and was completed on July 19 at 12:40 p.m.

Top bird this week is RUFF in MD.

Other birds of interest this week included SNOW GOOSE, TUNDRA SWAN, ducks,
NORTHERN BOBWHITE, RED-THROATED LOON, ANHINGA, herons, kites, RED-TAILED
HAWK, rails, SANDHILL CRANE, BLACK-NECKED STILT, AMERICAN AVOCET,
shorebirds, terns, EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE, WHIP-POOR-WILL, PEREGRINE
FALCON, CLIFF SWALLOW, warblers, sparrows and DICKCISSEL.

TOP BIRDS

A RUFF was seen July 13 on Poplar Island, Talbot Co, MD. Another RUFF was
at Swan Harbor Farm, Harford Co, MD on July 18 and 19,

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

A SNOW GOOSE was at Cranberry Reservoir, Carroll Co, MD on July 16.  A
TUNDRA SWAN was at the Hurlock WWTP, Dorchester Co, MD on July 16. A
REDHEAD was at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center (Horsehead), Queen
Anne’s Co, MD on July 15.  A trip to Hart-Miller Island, Baltimore Co, MD
on July 13 encountered NORTHERN SHOVELER, NORTHERN PINTAIL, REDHEAD and
GREEN-WINGED TEAL plus BROWN PELICANS and an immature LITTLE BLUE HERON.

A NORTHERN BOBWHITE was at Hughes Road, Montgomery Co, MD on July 13.

A RED-THROATED LOON was at the Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA on July 15.

An ANHINGA was at the Carson Wetland, Prince George’s Co, VA on July 13.

An AMERICAN BITTERN was at Prime Hook NWR, Sussex Co, DE on July 13. An
AMERICAN BITTERN was on Green Dumpster Road on Deal Island, Somerset Co, MD
on July 19. A LEAST BITTERN was seen west of Harrington on Welch Road in
Kent Co, DE on July 13, 16 and 17. A LEAST BITTERN was at Occoquan Bay NWR,
Prince William Co, VA on July 16. Two LEAST BITTERN were at Greenfield,
Charlotte Co, VA on July 17. A white morph of the GREAT BLUE HERON was at
Lake Jackson, Prince William Co, VA on July 14. Two LITTLE BLUE HERONS were
at the Lily Pons Water Gardens, Frederick Co, MD on July 17 and 18. A
TRICOLORED HERON was on Poplar Island, Talbot Co, MD on July 13. A
YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was near the intersection of Drake Road and
Williams Road, Allegany Co, MD on July 13. Five YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS
were at New Windsor on the Atlee Walking Path, Carroll Co, MD on July 14.

A SWALLOW-TAILED KITE was observed on Rte. 360 between Lottsburg and
Callao, Northumberland Co, VA on July 12. Two MISSISSIPPI KITES were seen
at Green Spring Gardens in Annandale, VA on July 12, 14 and 16. Another
MISSISSIPPI KITE was at Upton and North 19th Street in Arlington, VA on
July 13 and 14.

Two fledgling RED-TAILED HAWKS were in the scaffolding of the Hirschhorn
Museum, DC screaming for their parents on July 13.

Three KING RAILS were at Occoquan Bay NWR, Prince William Co, VA on July
16. Two KING RAILS were at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax Co, VA on July 17,
Two SORA and more than five VIRGINIA RAILS were at the Nazarene Church Rd
Wetlands, Rockingham County, VA on July during the week.

A SANDHILL CRANE was at Grier’s Pond, New Castle Co, DE on July 13. A
SANDHILL CRANE was seen on the Mayne Tree Farm driveway during the week
near Buckeystown, Frederick Co, MD. Another SANDHILL CRANE was on
Buckeystown Pike, Frederick Co, MD on July 16, 17 and 18.

As many as 30 BLACK-NECKED STILTS along with as many as 74 AMERICAN AVOCETS
were on Poplar Island, Talbot Co, MD on July 13.

A MARBLED GODWIT was on Jamestown Island, James City, VA on July 18. STILT
and PECTORAL SANDPIPERS and a WILSON’S PHALAROPE were among the shorebirds
at Hart-Miller Island, Baltimore Co, MD on July 13. Two to three PECTORAL
SANDPIPERS were at Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA on July 16 and 17. A
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER and 11 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS were at the North Beach
marsh, Calvert Co, MD on July 18.

Two to three LEAST TERNS were at Augustine WA, New Castle Co, DE on July 14
and 17. Three BLACK TERNS were seen July 13 at Prime Hook NWR, Sussex Co,
DE. Four BLACK TERNS were seen July 13 at Poplar Island, Talbot Co, MD. A
SANDWICH TERN was at the Dameron Marsh NAP, Northumberland Co, VA on July
16.

Two to three EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES were in Selbyville, Sussex Co, DE on
July 13.

Two WHIP-POOR-WILLS were at the Aberdeen Proving Ground (private) on July
17.

Three PEREGRINE FALCONS flew over downtown Silver Spring, Montgomery Co, MD
on July 13.

As many as 6 CLIFF SWALLOWS were at the Rte. 328 Bridge, Caroline Co, MD on
July 15.

A CERULEAN WARBLER was in the Catoctin Mountains, Frederick Co, MD on July
15. A YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was at the Youghiogheny River Lake, Garrett
Co, MD on July 13.

One to six SEASIDE SPARROWS were on Poplar Island, Talbot Co, MD on July
13. Three SEASIDE SPARROWS were at the Guinea Marsh, Gloucester Co, VA on
July 13.

Three DICKCISSELS were on Hughes Road, Montgomery Co, MD on July 16.

***

This week's 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, e-mail or phone.

Thank you for your interest, and enjoy the birds.

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Subject: Black Tern on the Susquehanna Flats
From: Matt Hafner <hafner.matt AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2016 21:59:57 -0400
I spent low tide this evening viewing the Susquehanna Flats from the
apartment complex near Tydings Marina.  Unfortunately shorebirds were
scarce, but there were lots of birds around.

The highlight was an adult Black Tern in full alternate plumage that I
first saw as it flushed from a flat down towards Swan Harbor.  It proceeded
to fly east into Cecil County where I saw off and on for the next hour
feeding over the flats.  The viewing conditions were incredible and even
though the bird was often over a mile away it was clearly visible and
identifiable.

If anyone has a canoe or kayak, there were many gulls and tern down on
Battery Island which looks very interesting.

Good birding!

Matt Hafner
Forest Hill, MD

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Subject: Frederick County Sandhill Crane - YES
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2016 21:14:49 -0400
Present  AT 1700 on Tues VERY adjacent to Buckeystown Pike & just south
of the Mayne's Tree Farm sign chowing down on bugs gleaned from among
the soybeans.  It had been seen earlier in the field east of the pond
also at the entrance according to the farm stand workers.  Bought some
fresh corn...two ears for  AT  55 cents each...didn't ask about the cost
per dzn.

Buckeystown Pike has no shoulder in this area...

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

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Subject: Re: Ruff at Swan Harbor
From: Pat Valdata <pvaldata1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2016 20:52:08 -0400
Not from what I hear.


Pat Valdata 
Elkton, MD

Sent from my T-Mobile 4G LTE Device


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From: David Boltz  
Date:07/19/2016  7:47 PM  (GMT-05:00) 
To: Maryland & DC Birding  
Cc:  
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Ruff at Swan Harbor 

Any sightings of the Ruff after its reported departure this morning?

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Subject: Re: Ruff at Swan Harbor
From: David Boltz <david.boltz4 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2016 16:47:47 -0700 (PDT)
Any sightings of the Ruff after its reported departure this morning?

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Subject: Ruff & Other Birds
From: Bob Ringler <ringler.bob AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2016 14:30:19 -0400
   While studying the Ruff at Swan Harbor Farm this morning about 8 AM
there were other birds coming and going in the impoundment including:

Killdeer  1
Solitary Sandpiper  1
Lesser Yellowlegs  1
Least Sandpiper  3
Great Egret  2
Little Blue Heron  2 white immatures
Cattle Egret  1 all-white immature with black bill & legs
Green Heron  1

Several times the Ruff took off and flew around for a minute or two
before returning, at times showing the white U on the upper tail
coverts.

-- 
Bob Ringler
Eldersburg MD

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Subject: Re: Frederick County Sandhill Crane & Little Blue Heron - YES
From: Sharon F1727 <sharonf1727 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2016 10:27:03 -0700 (PDT)
Crane present at 1:30. Great views!
Sharon Forsyth
Washington, DC

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Subject: Re: Ruff at Swan Harbor
From: Ryan Johnson <rjohnsonphhs AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2016 07:13:26 -0700 (PDT)
The Ruff is not here currently, and supposedly flew off a little after 9:30. 
I'll update if it comes back. 


Ryan Johnson
Perry Hall, MD

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Subject: Re: Ruff at Swan Harbor
From: "'Ruth Bergstrom' via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2016 10:03:49 -0400
It was still there when I left about 9AM. 

Sent from my iPod

On Jul 19, 2016, at 9:52 AM, Hugh David Fleischmann  
wrote: 


> I am enroute. 45 min away. Is the Ruff still present? Thanks 
> 
> Amazing Birding in 2016!
> 
> Hugh David Fleischmann
> Owings Mills, MD 21117
> 410-598-9292
> 
> 
> On Jul 19, 2016, at 6:24 AM, Barry Marsh  wrote:
> 
>> Ruff is still at Swan Harbor Farm Park at 0615 on. Mudflats at far side of 
NW old cell. 

>> 
>> Barry
>> Baltimore
>> 
>> Sent from my iPhone
>> 
>>> On Jul 18, 2016, at 20:44, Tim Carney  wrote:
>>> 
>>> Josh Emm found a RUFF at Swan Harbor in Harford County. It's in the back 
(northwest) corner of the marshy impoundment. 

>>> 
>>> Tim Carney
>>> Nottingham, MD
>>> 
>>> Sent from my iPhone
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Subject: Re: Ruff at Swan Harbor
From: Hugh David Fleischmann <david AT macappraisals.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2016 09:52:45 -0400
I am enroute. 45 min away. Is the Ruff still present? Thanks 

Amazing Birding in 2016!

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


> On Jul 19, 2016, at 6:24 AM, Barry Marsh  wrote:
> 
> Ruff is still at Swan Harbor Farm Park at 0615 on. Mudflats at far side of NW 
old cell. 

> 
> Barry
> Baltimore
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
>> On Jul 18, 2016, at 20:44, Tim Carney  wrote:
>> 
>> Josh Emm found a RUFF at Swan Harbor in Harford County. It's in the back 
(northwest) corner of the marshy impoundment. 

>> 
>> Tim Carney
>> Nottingham, MD
>> 
>> Sent from my iPhone
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Subject: Re: Ruff at Swan Harbor
From: Barry Marsh <barry.d.marsh AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2016 06:24:25 -0400
Ruff is still at Swan Harbor Farm Park at 0615 on. Mudflats at far side of NW 
old cell. 


Barry
Baltimore

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jul 18, 2016, at 20:44, Tim Carney  wrote:
> 
> Josh Emm found a RUFF at Swan Harbor in Harford County. It's in the back 
(northwest) corner of the marshy impoundment. 

> 
> Tim Carney
> Nottingham, MD
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
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Subject: Ruff at Swan Harbor
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2016 20:44:35 -0400
Josh Emm found a RUFF at Swan Harbor in Harford County. It's in the back 
(northwest) corner of the marshy impoundment. 


Tim Carney
Nottingham, MD

Sent from my iPhone

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Subject: Re: Frederick County Sandhill Crane & Little Blue Heron - YES
From: MICHAEL KERWIN Ellicott City Md <m63kerwin AT verizon.net>
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2016 10:42:24 -0700 (PDT)
On Monday, July 18, 2016 at 11:45:13 AM UTC-4, Duvall Sollers wrote:
> Hi everyone.
> 
> This morning at 8:45 there were 2 Little Blue Herons perched atop a medium 
sized tree by one of the ponds at Lilypons. Easy to spot from about 100 yds 
east of the bridge. 

> 
> Stopped at the Mayne tree farm on rte 85 to try for the Sandhill Crane at 
about 9:15. Was not able to spot it until I stopped at the farm stand to buy 
some peaches. The farmer there asked “Did you see the bird - it’s right 
over there by the pond”. It had been hidden by a swale as I drove in. I got 
about a 10 second look at the bird before it walked out of sight. The farmer 
gave me permission to walk back in the field to try for a better look, but 
after about 30 minutes of searching, it was still a no show. 

> 
> Ah, well - 10 seconds might not be great, but it sure beats missing out 
altogether! 

> 
> Good birding,
> 
> Duvall Sollers
> Hereford, MD

missed it at noon on Monday

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Subject: Re: Swan Creek birdwalk 8/13/2016
From: JB Churchill <jchurchi AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2016 13:33:36 -0400
Hey Tim,

     If its not too late, maybe I could join you guys. I'd be tempted to
put Aaron down too but I haven't asked him yet and he might not be allowed
to go.

J.B.

On Mon, Jul 18, 2016 at 11:03 AM, 'jovet' via Maryland & DC Birding <
mdbirding AT googlegroups.com> wrote:

> Agh!  Apologies to the group.  I meant to private message.  Apparently the
> caffeine has not yet kicked in ...
>
> Joanne
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: 'jovet' via Maryland & DC Birding 
> To: tcarn 
> Cc: mdbirding 
> Sent: Mon, Jul 18, 2016 11:00 am
> Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Swan Creek birdwalk 8/13/2016
>
> Please reserve a place for Jon Ranson and myself.  Thank you!
>
> Joanne
>
> Joanne Howl, DVM
> West River, MD
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Hugh David Fleischmann 
> To: tcarn 
> Cc: Maryland & DC Birding 
> Sent: Mon, Jul 18, 2016 10:21 am
> Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Swan Creek birdwalk 8/13/2016
>
> Please include me on this walk. Thank you. Have a great day.
> Awesome Birding in 2016!
> Hugh David Fleischmann
> 410-598-9292
> david AT macappraisals.com
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Subject: Frederick County Sandhill Crane & Little Blue Heron - YES
From: Duvall Sollers <dbsollers61 AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2016 11:45:11 -0400
Hi everyone.

This morning at 8:45 there were 2 Little Blue Herons perched atop a medium 
sized tree by one of the ponds at Lilypons. Easy to spot from about 100 yds 
east of the bridge. 


Stopped at the Mayne tree farm on rte 85 to try for the Sandhill Crane at about 
9:15. Was not able to spot it until I stopped at the farm stand to buy some 
peaches. The farmer there asked “Did you see the bird - it’s right over 
there by the pond”. It had been hidden by a swale as I drove in. I got about 
a 10 second look at the bird before it walked out of sight. The farmer gave me 
permission to walk back in the field to try for a better look, but after about 
30 minutes of searching, it was still a no show. 


Ah, well - 10 seconds might not be great, but it sure beats missing out 
altogether! 


Good birding,

Duvall Sollers
Hereford, MD

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Subject: Re: Swan Creek birdwalk 8/13/2016
From: "'jovet' via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2016 11:03:01 -0400
Agh! Apologies to the group. I meant to private message. Apparently the 
caffeine has not yet kicked in ... 



Joanne



-----Original Message-----
From: 'jovet' via Maryland & DC Birding 
To: tcarn 
Cc: mdbirding 
Sent: Mon, Jul 18, 2016 11:00 am
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Swan Creek birdwalk 8/13/2016


Please reserve a place for Jon Ranson and myself.  Thank you! 


Joanne


Joanne Howl, DVM
West River, MD



-----Original Message-----
From: Hugh David Fleischmann 
To: tcarn 
Cc: Maryland & DC Birding 
Sent: Mon, Jul 18, 2016 10:21 am
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Swan Creek birdwalk 8/13/2016



Please include me on this walk. Thank you. Have a great day. 
Awesome Birding in 2016! 
Hugh David Fleischmann
410-598-9292
david AT macappraisals.com

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Subject: Re: Swan Creek birdwalk 8/13/2016
From: "'jovet' via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2016 11:00:44 -0400
Please reserve a place for Jon Ranson and myself.  Thank you! 


Joanne


Joanne Howl, DVM
West River, MD



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To: tcarn 
Cc: Maryland & DC Birding 
Sent: Mon, Jul 18, 2016 10:21 am
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Swan Creek birdwalk 8/13/2016



Please include me on this walk. Thank you. Have a great day. 
Awesome Birding in 2016! 
Hugh David Fleischmann
410-598-9292
david AT macappraisals.com

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Subject: Re: Swan Creek birdwalk 8/13/2016
From: Hugh David Fleischmann <david AT macappraisals.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2016 10:21:03 -0400




Subject: Swan Creek birdwalk 8/13/2016
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2016 07:03:39 -0700 (PDT)
Stan Arnold and I will be co-leading a birdwalk at Swan Creek in Anne Arundel 
County on Saturday, August 13, 2016, from 7:00am-11:00am. Space is limited so 
please sign up quickly by emailing my *WORK* email address: tcarn [at] menv 
[dot] com. 


This walk will require extensive walking over uneven terrain and will be 
canceled in the event of inclement weather or high winds. First-time visitors 
must sign a one-time release form/safety waiver. 


I am hoping for a variety of shorebirds and some early migrants. The site has 
had a variety of rarities in mid-August previously, ranging from Wilson's 
Phalarope to Eared Grebe to Golden-winged Warbler. Hopefully we will find 
something equally as exciting this year. 


This walk is offered independently of any bird club and is not intended to 
infringe upon any club's previously-scheduled walks. 


Tim Carney
Nottingham, MD

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Subject: Frederick area Sandhill Crane - yes, but barely
From: "'Frederick Fallon' via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2016 01:47:36 +0000 (UTC)
This AM we stopped at the entrance to the Mayne Tree Farm hoping to spot the 
reported Sandhill Crane. (Fred Shafffer had also arrived shortly before.) At 
first no crane was visible, but a few minutes late, at ~ 7:35, Jane spotted the 
crane flying towards us from the west but at a great distance. As it approached 
we were able to positively ID it. It dropped out of sight in the direction down 
the entrance road, probably on the Tree Farm property. The total elapsed time 
in view was less than a minute, and a rare instance of our being at the right 
place at the right time. 

Viewing the ponds at Lily Ponds from the bridge - the facility being closed 
Sunday in July - August, we spotted 2 Little Blue Herons, soon joined by a 
Great Egret. Some dark feathers in the tail of one of the birds aided in ID. 
These too were county firsts for us. 

Fred & Jane FallonHuntingtown

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Subject: Turk's Cap Lily
From: George Jett <gmjett AT verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2016 16:48:33 -0400
Gwen found this. Lily along the marsh trail at Jug Bay today
Enjoy
George

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Subject: southern Frederick Co., July 17
From: Scott Baron <baron.scott AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2016 15:54:15 -0400
Hi,

I wanted to find herons and shorebirds in southern Frederick County today.
I was partially successful.

At Lilypons Water Gardens 2 imm. LITTLE BLUE HERONS, reported on ebird a
few days ago, continue at the westernmost ponds.  These ponds are visible
from Lilypons Road.  Shorebirds were few: a Least Sandpiper and 3 Killdeer.

The western edge of Lilypons Road and Oland Road had a few Grasshopper
Sparrows, one of which was perched on a wire fence.

I noticed a Mayne's Tree Farm sign.  This reminded me about the previously
reported Sandhill Crane.  At 2:30pm I observed the SANDHILL CRANE toward
the pond from the Mayne's Tree Farm farm stand, where produce is available
for purchase.  I was told that it has been present for a month and that it
sometimes is along Rte. 85.  I bought some sweet corn.  Yum.

Take care,

Scott Baron
Gaithersburg, Md.

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Subject: FredCo
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2016 12:52:31 -0700
Crane continues at pond. Folks selling corn directed me. Said been there a
month. Little Blue contiues at Lily Ppons. Hate closed can be seen from
road at first pond east of bridge.

Kurt Schwarz
Ellicott city
kurtschwarz4 at gmail

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Subject: Shorebirds at Paper Mill Flats and nearby
From: Robert McLean <tmclean1090 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2016 15:11:17 -0400
Paper Mill Flats is just starting to have some decent shorebird habitat:
6 Killdeer
2 Solitary Sandpiper
2 Yellowlegs sp.  (my stop was a quick stop  without a scope)

Torry C. Brown trail:
There are two areas with more exposed flats than PMFs; these 2 areas are
roughly east of the trail on the side trails.

6 Killdeer
8 Solitary Sandpiper
1 Least Sandpiper
1 Solitary Sandpiper

May be the front coming in from the nw will bring in some more birds by
next weekend.

Good birding!

Taylor McLean
Baltimore Co.

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Subject: Re: Help with mystery warbler at Jug Bay
From: Marcy Stutzman <marciastutzman AT netscape.net>
Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2016 11:00:54 -0700 (PDT)
A Yellow-throated Warbler's song sounds to me like a slow Yellow Warbler's 
song. Yellow-thoated Warbler's are found at Jug Bay. You might listen to some 
recordings in the Macaulay Library: http://macaulaylibrary.org/ 


Marcy Stutzman
Russett, MD 20724

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Subject: Quiet Waters Park- hot, humid.....
From: Karen Caruso <karen.caruso AT verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2016 08:44:50 -0700 (PDT)
Quiet Waters Park, Anne Arundel, Maryland, US
Jul 17, 2016 8:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Hot and humid
10 species

Great Blue Heron  1
Osprey  5
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  2
Downy Woodpecker  1
Carolina Chickadee  10
American Robin  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
Northern Cardinal  7
Indigo Bunting  1
Red-winged Blackbird  3

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Subject: Help with mystery warbler at Jug Bay
From: rselkirk AT mindspring.com
Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2016 07:59:19 -0700 (PDT)
Hi,

Over the course of several walks at Jug Bay this year and last, I have heard a 
warbler calling along the Otter Pt. trail, a hundred yards or so down the trail 
from the junction with the RR Bed trail. This is the spot where there is an 
open grove of pines between the trail and the marsh. This bird has a call that 
I am unfamiliar with but which ends with a very Yellow Warbler-like flourish. 
None of the trees along this part of the trail are more than about 40 feet 
high, and the calls all seem to come from between 10 and 30 feet - although 
this is a very crude guess at best. 


On one walk in July 2015, I probably spent an hour trying to see this bird to 
no avail. And had the same experience on a walk in late May this year as well 
on a walk yesterday*. Though I did not give so freely of my time in the latter 
case! In any event, from the sound of the call and the very particular place 
where I have heard it, I would lay bets that it is the same individual. 


Has anyone seen or otherwise identified this pesky bird?

Thanks!

Rennie

*eBird checklist S30709569

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Subject: Help with mystery warbler at Jug Bay
From: rselkirk AT mindspring.com
Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2016 07:51:40 -0700 (PDT)
Hi,

Over the course of several walks at Jug Bay this year and last, I have heard a 
warbler calling along the Otter Pt. trail, a hundred yards or so down the trail 
from the junction with the RR Bed trail. This is the spot where there is an 
open grove of pines between the trail and the marsh. This bird has a call that 
I am unfamiliar with but which ends with a very Yellow Warbler-like flourish. 
None of the trees along this part of the trail are more than about 40 feet 
high, and the calls all seem to come from between 10 and 30 feet - although 
this is a very crude guess at best. 


On one walk in July 2015, I probably spent an hour trying to see this bird to 
no avail. And had the same experience on a walk in late May this year as well 
on a walk yesterday. Though I did not give so freely of my time in the latter 
case! In any event, from the sound of the call and the very particular place 
where I have heard it, I would lay bets that it is the same individual. 


Has anyone seen or otherwise identified this pesky bird?

Thanks!

Rennie

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