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Scarlet Tanagers,©Barry Kent Mackay

16 Apr Montgomery Bird Club meeting date changed to next week []
16 Apr Re: Snakes vs. toads [Marcy Stutzman ]
15 Apr Re: Snakes vs. toads [Andy Wilson ]
15 Apr Fwd: Snakes vs. toads []
15 Apr Re: FOY birds at Lakeside ,Harf Cty [Dave Littlepage ]
15 Apr Fwd: Beginner's bird walk at Eastern Neck NWR Saturday, NOON (new time) [Walter Ellison ]
15 Apr Re: FOY birds at Lakeside ,Harf Cty [Matthew Addicks ]
15 Apr FOY birds at Lakeside ,Harf Cty [Dave Littlepage ]
15 Apr Other Birds at Hain's DC [Hugh McGuinness ]
15 Apr Cattle Egret NOW DC's FDR Memorial [Mark Rositol ]
15 Apr Cattle Egret NOW DC's FDR Memorial [Derek Hudgins ]
15 Apr Cattle Egret NOW DC [Hugh McGuinness ]
15 Apr Fwd: DC Area, 4/15/2014 []
15 Apr E Kingbird, White-eyed Vireo, Red-necked Grebes at Centennial Park, Howard [Jim Wilkinson ]
15 Apr Admin - Comcast, MSN, Hotmail,Yahoo email trouble [Jared Fisher ]
15 Apr MOS Shore Bird Workshop [Maryanne Dolan ]
15 Apr White Ibis Rumbly Point [Fred Fallon ]
15 Apr Recent rarity photos - STFL, LIGU, THGU, HADU etc [mike burchett ]
15 Apr Wood Thrush at Flag Ponds, Calvert, 4/15 [James Tyler Bell ]
15 Apr Hart-Miller Island, 04/14/14 [Kevin Graff ]
15 Apr Hummer ["Dave Brenneman" ]
15 Apr Scissor-tailed Flycatcher photos [Gregory Luce ]
15 Apr Red-eyed Vireo!! (and Red-throated Loon) [danny bystrak ]
15 Apr Purple Finch continues in Davidsonville [Phil Davis ]
15 Apr Fort Smallwood Park Monday, April 14, 2014 104 Raptors []
14 Apr Re: White Ibis Blackwater []
14 Apr White Ibis Blackwater []
14 Apr Re: Bird Identification [Wallace Kornack ]
14 Apr Re: Maryland City AA: FOY Whip-poor-will [Marcy Stutzman ]
14 Apr First-of-year Blue-headed Vireo in Garrett County [Connie Skipper ]
14 Apr Re: FOY yard birds - Scarlet Tanager and Common Yellowthroat - PG County [Karen Caruso ]
14 Apr Maryland City AA: FOY Whip-poor-will [Marcy Stutzman ]
14 Apr Bird Identification [Wallace Kornack ]
14 Apr Fletcher's Cove, Monday 4/14/14 [Wallace Kornack ]
14 Apr Monday: Seneca/River Road [Donald Sweig ]
14 Apr FOS Ruby-throated Hummingbird- Mount Washington, Baltimore [Bryce Butler ]
14 Apr FOY House Wren [Georgia McDonald ]
14 Apr Yard birds [Janet Millenson ]
14 Apr Re: Potomac River 2nd winter Little Gull [Howard Wu ]
14 Apr Re: Raven at Carderock - Mont Co [Clive Harris ]
14 Apr Re: Raven at Carderock - Mont Co [Christine Ley ]
14 Apr Rock Creek Park, Monday 4/13/14 [Wallace Kornack ]
14 Apr Re: Potomac River 2nd winter Little Gull [Mark Rositol ]
14 Apr FOY yard birds - Scarlet Tanager and Common Yellowthroat - PG County []
14 Apr Re: Raven at Carderock - Mont Co [Susan Hunt ]
14 Apr Re: Potomac River 2nd winter Little Gull [Fred Shaffer ]
14 Apr Scissor-tailed -NO [Matthew Anthony ]
14 Apr Raven invasion continues - Mont Co [Paul Pisano ]
14 Apr West Laurel Raptors (4/13/14) ["Derek C. Richardson" ]
14 Apr Scissor-tailed Flycatcher photos [Kevin Heffernan ]
14 Apr Yellow -throated vireo singing outside my window this morning ["aixxss AT yahoo.com" ]
14 Apr Re: Fort Smallwood Park Sunday, April 13, 2014 284 Raptors []
14 Apr Fort Smallwood Park Sunday, April 13, 2014 284 Raptors []
13 Apr Re: Sligo Creek YCNH and AmBi [Alex Wiebe ]
14 Apr Re: Re: Sligo Creek YCNH and AmBi ["Gail B. Mackiernan %3Ckatahdinss%40comcast.net%3E" ]
13 Apr FOY Eastern Kingbird: Sandy Point State Park (Anne Arundel) [Karen Caruso ]
13 Apr Wild Turkey at Gateway Business Park in Columbia, April 13 [Jim Wilkinson ]
13 Apr Re: Silgo Creek Pkwy YCNH's + American Bittern (!) [Susan Hunt ]
13 Apr Re: Sligo Creek YCNH and AmBi [Patricia Wood ]
13 Apr Fort Smallwood and Swan Creek, 4/13/14 [Tim Houghton ]
13 Apr Re: Swan Creek Wetland [Dave Littlepage ]
13 Apr Forster's Tern ["J.B. Churchill" ]
13 Apr Re: Sligo Creek YCNH and AmBi []
13 Apr Charles County - Hooded Warbler, Red-necked Grebe [John Hubbell ]
13 Apr Re: Re: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher [Derek Hudgins ]
13 Apr Re: Sligo Creek YCNH and AmBi []
13 Apr FOY Ruby-throated Hummingbird (male) [Marcy Stutzman ]
13 Apr Re: Re: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher [Ron Gutberlet ]
13 Apr Marshy Point, 04/13/14 [Kevin Graff ]
13 Apr Sligo Creek YCNH and AmBi [Betsy Bangert ]
13 Apr Swan Creek Wetland [Lynne Parks ]
13 Apr Backyard Raven [marian rutigliano ]
13 Apr Prothonotary at Fletcher's cove [Christine Ley ]
13 Apr Silgo Creek Pkwy YCNH's + American Bittern (!) [diane Ford ]
13 Apr Re: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher [Dave Littlepage ]
13 Apr Early Yellow Warbler, Howard County [Kurt Schwarz ]

Subject: Montgomery Bird Club meeting date changed to next week
From: urcioloa AT sidwell.edu
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:23:48 -0700 (PDT)
Our club usually meets the 3rd Wednesday of the month but we were asked to 
change it to next week. So here is the new date. 


Meeting - April 23 (Wednesday) - Singing and Dancing Through Ecuador and the 
Galapagos - Bill Young. Bill Young's presentation is based on his 2013 trip to 
these two areas. The program will include video footage, photographs, and audio 
recordings. 


Potomac Presbyterian Church, 10301 River Road in Potomac, MD. Doors open at 
7:00, refreshments at 7:30 and meeting begins at 8:00 p.m. 


Anna Urciolo
Rockville, MD

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Subject: Re: Snakes vs. toads
From: Marcy Stutzman <marciastutzman AT netscape.net>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:19:30 -0700 (PDT)
Had a Hog-nosed Snake on Sunday at the Little Patuxent River Oxbow Lake Nature 
Preserve in the western most part of Anne Arundel County. It was the 2nd for me 
at Oxbow Lake. Also had two Eastern Rat Snakes (male & female), hundreds of 
turtles sunning, including one Snapping Turtle, and hundreds of frogs involved 
in a breeding frenzy. 


Birding highlight included one female Harrier that was coursing the area right 
over my head. The complete eBird checklist for birds is here: 


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17875027

Marcy

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Subject: Re: Snakes vs. toads
From: Andy Wilson <awilson.gettysburg AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 23:17:36 -0400
Depressing ignorance. Several times I've seen people swerve to kill snakes on 
roads, and I've also come across decapitated snakes. I'm convinced that a lot 
of road kill (of all types) is deliberate. I just don't get the bloodlust that 
prevails among large swaths of the population. 


Andy Wilson
Frederick

> On Apr 15, 2014, at 9:43 PM, Guineabird AT aol.com wrote:
> 
> Saw a guy beating up a Hognose with a heavy branch on the North Branch of the 
Patuxent River. When I hollered at him to stop, he yelled back that the snake 
was a Cobra. 

> Such an environmental genius.
>  
> Gail Frantz
> Baltimore County
> Reisterstown
>  
> From: harryarmistead AT hotmail.com
> To: mdbirding AT googlegroups.com
> Sent: 4/11/2014 5:21:43 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
> Subj: [MDBirding] Snakes vs. toads
>  
> Hognose Snakes are notorious for their preference of toads as prey items 
(esp. the Eastern Hognose Snake). They also are well-known for playing dead 
("playing possum"). The only one we've ever seen at our MD place was in the 
process of swallowing a toad, a slow, deliberate process. "I can't believe I 
ate the whole thing." Fowler's Toads are common there and often very vocal. - 
Harry Armistead, Philadelphia. 

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Subject: Fwd: Snakes vs. toads
From: Guineabird AT aol.com
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:43:25 -0400 (EDT)
 
Saw a guy beating up a Hognose with a heavy branch on the  North Branch of 
the Patuxent River. When I hollered at him to stop, he yelled  back that the 
snake was a Cobra.
Such an environmental genius.

 
Gail Frantz
Baltimore County
Reisterstown


 
 
  
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To: mdbirding AT googlegroups.com
Sent:  4/11/2014 5:21:43 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: [MDBirding] Snakes vs.  toads



Hognose Snakes are notorious for their preference of toads as  prey items 
(esp. the Eastern Hognose Snake).  They also are well-known  for playing dead 
("playing possum").  The only one we've ever seen at our  MD place was in 
the process of swallowing a toad, a slow, deliberate  process.  "I can't 
believe I ate the whole thing." Fowler's Toads are common there and often very 

vocal. - Harry Armistead,  Philadelphia.


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Subject: Re: FOY birds at Lakeside ,Harf Cty
From: Dave Littlepage <d.littlepage AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:43:12 -0700 (PDT)
On Tuesday, April 15, 2014 8:59:55 PM UTC-4, Matthew Addicks wrote:
> On Tuesday, April 15, 2014 8:48:24 PM UTC-4, Dave Littlepage wrote:
> > Stopped by Lakeside this evening to see what the storm might have blown in 
and found 2 Green Herons, an Eastern Kingbird and my first Barn Swallow for the 
county this year. 

> 
> We're the herons on the far, wooded side or the near side. I will go looking 
for them tomorrow. Would be a FOY for me also. 

> Matt Addicks

The heronss were in the trees seen from the far side of the pond. They flew out 
,however and went over the business park in the direction of Rt. 95. Hopefully 
they'll return. 


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Subject: Fwd: Beginner's bird walk at Eastern Neck NWR Saturday, NOON (new time)
From: Walter Ellison <rossgull61 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:37:23 -0400
Hi All,

This may be of interest to some. Eastern Neck still has some waterfowl
around (going fast) and is now hosting three tern species (first Least
Terns of the season back on Saturday the 12th). SOngbirds are coming in as
well, kingbird, Marsh Wren, and 2 Yellow-throated Warblers on the 12th.

Good Birding,

Walter Ellison

Chestertown, MD

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From: Nancy Martin 
Date: Tue, Apr 15, 2014 at 9:05 PM
Subject: Beginner's bird walk at Eastern Neck NWR Saturday, NOON (new time)
To:


 Hi All,

Walter and I will be leading an Earth Day beginner's bird walk at Eastern
Neck on Saturday, 19 April. We will meet folks at the Dollar General
parking lot across from the intersection of Spring St. and MD-213 in
Chestertown at *12 NOON*. Note this is a new time from that originally
announced - the refuge is holding a youth turkey hunt that morning and will
be closed to other visitors until noon. We will also meet folks from the
Rock Hall area at the Tundra Swan Boardwalk at the Narrows ca. 12:30
PM.Spring migrants continue to arrive (in spite of the weather the
rest of
this week) including the possbility of Least Tern, gnatcatcher, Yellow-throated
Warbler, Palm Warbler, and Common Yellowthroat. The first three were seen
last Saturday, and the Wildlife Trail eagle chick was quite visible with
one parent in the nest. The current Saturday forecast is for temperatures
in the upper 50s (F) with light west winds. Be prepared by dressing warmly;
bring bug repellent if desired.

We hope to see you there,

Nancy Martin & Walter Ellison
410-778-9568



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Subject: Re: FOY birds at Lakeside ,Harf Cty
From: Matthew Addicks <turkishturkey13 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:59:55 -0700 (PDT)
On Tuesday, April 15, 2014 8:48:24 PM UTC-4, Dave Littlepage wrote:
> Stopped by Lakeside this evening to see what the storm might have blown in 
and found 2 Green Herons, an Eastern Kingbird and my first Barn Swallow for the 
county this year. 


We're the herons on the far, wooded side or the near side. I will go looking 
for them tomorrow. Would be a FOY for me also. 

Matt Addicks 

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Subject: FOY birds at Lakeside ,Harf Cty
From: Dave Littlepage <d.littlepage AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:48:24 -0700 (PDT)
Stopped by Lakeside this evening to see what the storm might have blown in and 
found 2 Green Herons, an Eastern Kingbird and my first Barn Swallow for the 
county this year. 


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Subject: Other Birds at Hain's DC
From: Hugh McGuinness <hdmcguinness AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:40:42 -0400
Good for Derek and Mark venturing out to see the Cattle Egrets on Ohio
Drive. In my trip around Hain's Pt, I also saw 6 RED-NECKED GREBES, 4 in
Washington Channel and 2 on the Potomac south of the Memorial Bridge, where
there was also a Common Loon. Two Caspian Terns were at Hain's & 5
Bonaparte's Gulls were on the fields north of the FDR Memorial. I looked
hard for shorebirds without success.

I also searched for the Boat-tailed Grackles that were reported Sunday via
e-bird, but could only find Common Grackles. It's too bad the observer
didn't spread the word about the Grackles at the time of the sighting so
they could have been adequately documented. I imagine this species is very
rare in DC as it has not yet been reported on ebird.

Hugh

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Subject: Cattle Egret NOW DC's FDR Memorial
From: Mark Rositol <mrositol510 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:23:51 -0700 (PDT)
6 PM still present. Crest of hill makes it hard to see from main road along the 
Potomac. The access road between baseball fields and look from before the side 
entrance of FDR. 

Mark Rositol
Ft Washington, MD

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Subject: Cattle Egret NOW DC's FDR Memorial
From: Derek Hudgins <derekhudgins AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:33:35 -0700 (PDT)
Three Cattle Egrets hunkered down close to FDR's back wall at 5:30 if anyone is 
considering chasing in this weather. Thanks Hugh! 


Derek Hudgins
DC

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Subject: Cattle Egret NOW DC
From: Hugh McGuinness <hdmcguinness AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:09:13 -0400
Three cattle egrets are in the baseball fields behind the FDR memorial in West 
Potomac Park DC right now. 


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Subject: Fwd: DC Area, 4/15/2014
From: lydiaschindler AT verizon.net
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:46:14 -0500 (CDT)




Subject: E Kingbird, White-eyed Vireo, Red-necked Grebes at
 Centennial Park, Howard
From: Jim Wilkinson <lakekoshare AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:26:55 -0700 (PDT)
Late morning between rain showers---Eastern Kingbird along south lake shore in 
wooded area between dam and boat launch area. I also saw a Spotted Sandpiper 
here. The White-eyed Vireo was in the woods across from the beach volleyball 
court and behind the maintenance shop. Two Red-necked Grebes continue near the 
dam. The woods around the boat launch area had Yellow-rumps, Pine and yellow 
Palm Warblers. 


Jim Wilkinson
Columbia, MD

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Subject: Admin - Comcast, MSN, Hotmail,Yahoo email trouble
From: Jared Fisher <Jared.Fisher AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:31:42 -0400
Hi all,

It looks like Yahoo broke the internet. Well, at least it broke a ton of
mailing lists this past week. I've been notified by several mdbirding
subscribers whom are no longer receiving messages. It looks like it can be
traced to a change that Yahoo made to their email service last week.
Non-intuitively, yahoo subscribers seem mostly unaffected, but most
subscribers that use Comcast, MSN or Hotmail email addresses are now unable
to receive messages from the list. Other lists are dealing with the problem
by removing posting privileges for everyone with a yahoo.com email address.
We may have to resort to that if the problem continues.

Here is an article in PCWorld explaining the problem

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2141120/yahoo-email-antispoofing-policy-breaks-mailing-lists.html 


Google Groups does offer a way to reset your membership if you are in a
'bouncing' status and no longer receiving emails -
https://groups.google.com/forum/#!usersettings/general . However, to use
that, your email address needs to be associated with a Google Account. If
it isn't, I'm afraid there might not be much you can do except register for
the list with a different email account.

Users that have  AT comcast,  AT msn or  AT hotmail addresses and are signed up for
'Digest' or daily emails will not be affected.

best,

Jared Fisher
MDBirding Moderator

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Subject: MOS Shore Bird Workshop
From: Maryanne Dolan <maryanne.dolan AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:37:27 -0400
Yes, I did it!  I put the wrong date down for the MOS Shorebird Workshop.
The actual date is SATURDAY, *AUGUST 23.*  Everything else is correct.  You
can access the info in the current edition of the Yellowthroat.
Go to mdbirds.org, click on 'publications' on left hand side of page, then
go to Yellowthroat.

Sorry for the confusion.  No one to blame  but myself :(
Maryanne dolan
Washington dc

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Subject: White Ibis Rumbly Point
From: Fred Fallon <fwfallon AT ymail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:49:01 -0400

Sent from my iPad

Y'day at 6 pm, as we were birding along Rumbly Pt Rd, we were astounded to 
flush an adult White Ibis from nearby. It flew past us at 50 - 60 ', on across 
Pocomoke Sound toward Saxis. This is the only adult White Ibis I'veever seen in 
MD, and the first non-post-breeding. 


This am it was not found along the same road.

Fred and Jane Fallon

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Subject: Recent rarity photos - STFL, LIGU, THGU, HADU etc
From: mike burchett <mikeburchett23 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:16:38 -0400
Hi all,

I've had the chance to see some pretty neat birds that have been reported
around the state recently. Below are links to some photos of these. Thanks
to everyone who reported or continued to report these nice finds.

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher from Fort Smallwood Park:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/mikeburchett/13857635935/

American Bittern in tree:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/mikeburchett/13863018935/

Little Gull from Centennial Lake:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/mikeburchett/13681614375/

Thayer's Gull from Ocean City inlet:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/mikeburchett/13684050074/

Harlequin Ducks from OC inlet:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/mikeburchett/13728921264/

Many more photos of birds, bugs and plants at
https://www.flickr.com/mikeburchett/

Good birding,
Mike Burchett
Ocean Pines, MD

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Subject: Wood Thrush at Flag Ponds, Calvert, 4/15
From: James Tyler Bell <jtylerbell AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:49:15 -0700 (PDT)
I stopped by the entrance road to Flag Ponds Nature Park, near St. Leonard, 
this morning hoping to find some Spring Beauties for the MD Biodiversity 
Project. Whiffed on that but when I got out of the car, I heard a Wood Thrush 
singing! Also had a singing Blue-headed Vireo. Then it started to rain. 


Tyler Bell

jtylerbell AT yahoo.com
California, Maryland

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Subject: Hart-Miller Island, 04/14/14
From: Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 08:29:01 -0400
04/14/14 – 710am-3pm
Hart-Miller Island, Essex, Baltimore Co., MD

WEATHER: Fair/MC, 60-72 degrees, SSE 8K- SSE 16K, Gust to 21K
OBSERVERS: Kevin Graff, Bob Ringler

Canada Goose – 18
Mute Swan – 1
Wood Duck – 1 (hen)
Gadwall – 30
American Wigeon – 5
American Black Duck – 6
Mallard – 32
Blue-winged Teal – 2 (pair)
Northern Shoveler – 254
Green-winged Teal – 66
Ring-necked Duck – 16
Lesser Scaup – 157
Scaup sp – 115
Bufflehead – 25
Red-breasted Merganser – 24
Ruddy Duck – 538
*RED-THROATED LOON – 1
Common Loon – 3
Pied-billed Grebe – 6
Horned Grebe – 1
*RED-NECKED GREBE – 1 (South Cell, molting)
Double-crested Cormorant – 98 (including
*GREAT CORMORANT – 1 (adult in breeding plumage)
Great Blue Heron – 6
Great Egret – 1
Snowy Egret – 3
*GLOSSY IBIS – 11
Osprey – 12
Bald Eagle – 4
Northern Harrier – 1
Cooper’s Hawk – 1
American Kestrel – 1
Peregrine Falcon – 1
American Coot – 26
Killdeer – 10
*BLACK-NECKED STILT – 2
Greater Yellowlegs – 11
Lesser Yellowlegs – 1
*LEAST SANDPIPER – 4
*PECTORAL SANDPIPER – 1
*DUNLIN – 4
*SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER – 1 (atlantic race)
*BONAPARTE'S GULL – 428
Ring-billed Gull – 29
Herring Gull – 41
Great Black-backed Gull – 15
Caspian Tern – 259
Mourning Dove – 9
Red-bellied Woodpecker – 1
Northern Flicker – 1
Fish Crow – 1
Tree Swallow – 22
Barn Swallow – 5
Carolina Wren – 5
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher – 5
Ruby-crowned Kinglet – 1
American Robin – 2
Northern Mockingbird – 3
Brown Thrasher – 2
European Starling – 14
Common Yellowthroat – 1
Palm Warbler – 2 (yellow)
Chipping Sparrow – 1
Savannah Sparrow – 1
Song Sparrow – 11
Swamp Sparrow – 1
White-throated Sparrow – 10
Northern Cardinal – 9
Red-winged Blackbird – 97
Common Grackle – 1
Brown-headed Cowbird – 17
House Finch – 2
American Goldfinch – 4
SPECIES: 72
INDIVIDUALS: 2502

MAMMALS: fresh tracks (Raccoon, WT Deer, Red Fox)

AMPHIBIANS: Mud Turtle – 1

BUTTERFLIES: Cabbage White – 1

DRAGONFLIES: C Green Darner – 1


     Kevin Graff
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Subject: Hummer
From: "Dave Brenneman" <dwbren AT verizon.net>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 08:01:16 -0400
Had my first hummer for this year on tax day at 0747 in Fort Washington.
Male.

 

Good birding,

 

Dave Brenneman

Fort Washington, MD 20744

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http://www.woodduck.smugmug.com/

 

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Subject: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher photos
From: Gregory Luce <gluce727 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 04:07:40 -0700 (PDT)
Very nice photos! When I was growing up in N. Texas and Oklahoma I saw these 
often. I wasn't a birder then but knew they were something special. 


Gregory Luce
Washington, DC

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Subject: Red-eyed Vireo!! (and Red-throated Loon)
From: danny bystrak <dbystrak AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 03:38:08 -0700 (PDT)
Yesterday morning (14 April, 2014) I stepped outside behind my house and 
thought I heard a Red-eyed Vireo. Assuming it was a Blue-headed trying to trick 
me, I went in pursuit. I found him pretty quickly and he actually was a 
Red-eyed! This is my earliest ever by 2 days! The evening before (13 April) I 
saw a Red-throated Loon on Jug Bay behind my house. 


Danny Bystrak
Bristol, AA Co

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Subject: Purple Finch continues in Davidsonville
From: Phil Davis <pdavis AT ix.netcom.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 03:59:25 -0400
Hi MD Birders:

Our female-type Purple Finch was been seen twice since its first 
sighting on Fri 4/4. It was also seen, briefly, on Fri 4/11 and Sun 
4/13, but only for about 5 minutes each time. Unfortunately, it shows 
no regular pattern. It sat on our large black-oil sunflower feeder (top perch).

This is in Davidsonville, Anne Arundel County, MD.

Phil

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Subject: Fort Smallwood Park Monday, April 14, 2014 104 Raptors
From: susiericc AT comcast.net
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 04:40:05 +0000 (UTC)
Fort Smallwood Park 
Pasadena, Maryland, USA 

Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 14, 2014 
Species 	Day's Count 	Month Total 	Season Total 
Black Vulture 	5 	106 	230 
Turkey Vulture 	49 	1814 	4261 
Osprey 	2 	149 	221 
Bald Eagle 	4 	21 	28 
Northern Harrier 	0 	31 	36 
Sharp-shinned Hawk 	16 	419 	493 
Cooper's Hawk 	7 	121 	187 
Northern Goshawk 	0 	0 	0 
Red-shouldered Hawk 	2 	98 	231 
Broad-winged Hawk 	9 	36 	36 
Red-tailed Hawk 	6 	98 	234 
Rough-legged Hawk 	0 	0 	0 
Golden Eagle 	0 	0 	0 
American Kestrel 	1 	356 	389 
Merlin 	3 	25 	28 
Peregrine Falcon 	0 	0 	0 
Unknown Accipiter 	0 	4 	6 
Unknown Buteo 	0 	2 	3 
Unknown Falcon 	0 	0 	0 
Unknown Eagle 	0 	0 	0 
Unknown Raptor 	0 	0 	0 
Total: 	104 	3280 	6383 

Observation start time: 	9:00 am 
Observation end time: 	3:00 pm daylight time 
Total observation time: 	6 hours 
Official Counter 	Sue Ricciardi 
Observers: Hal Wierenga, Jackie Cooper, Nancy Magnusson, Peg Kemp, Ralph Geuder 



Visitors: 
Peter Addison, Dotty Mumford, Jen 

Weather: 
Mostly cloudy with periods of low dark clouds early, then clearing some; 68-77 
degrees; good to excellent visibility; winds quite strong, mostly out of the 
SSW, 13-23 mph, gusting to 32 mph. 


Raptor Observations: 
Conditions seemed more promising than the outcome: a light flight; a Merlin 
dive-bombing a Broad-wing. 


Non-raptor Observations: 
Cormorants and Common Loons have been flying north for several days. No 
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher today. 

Complete ebird list:  http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17898894 

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


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




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Subject: Re: White Ibis Blackwater
From: jovet AT aol.com
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 22:46:11 -0400 (EDT)
I forgot to mention that the wooden pier at Key Wallace Road was providing a 
perch for a good half-dozen LEAST TERNS, along with 3 Forester's Terms and 4 
Double Crested Cormorants. 



Joanne


Joanne Howl, DVM
jovet AT aol.com
West River, MD



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From: jovet 
To: mdbirding 
Sent: Mon, Apr 14, 2014 9:16 pm
Subject: [MDBirding] White Ibis Blackwater


I celebrated my kids' first day of spring break by taking them to Blackwater 
(Cambridge, Dorchester County) for a bike ride. Possibly prompted y reports of 
Black-necked Stilts there not so long ago. The aggressive wind played a part in 
low bird numbers - and hard pedaling. After packing up the bikes, we were 
leaving the refuge by car, about 5 p.m. when an adult WHITE IBIS flew over. Jon 
Ranson and I both had excellent views of the lone bird, with the unmistakable 
bill, the white body with black wingtips. 



Later, near where the Stilts reportedly HAD been once (they called it Area 5), 
we had a good number of shorebirds, many Northern Shovelers, and about 12 Blue 
Winged Teal. And a group of flyover GLOSSY IBIS (five birds). Of course, we had 
handfuls of the more common birds, but it was the White Ibis that was the star 
of the day for us. 



We also had a large snapping turtle crossing the road, with a Turkey Vulture 
watching it hopefully (bird flew away as the turtle made headway towards the 
water). Also fascinating was a group of about a dozen water snakes in a tidal 
marsh - hunting fish. We watched for about 1/2 hour - I've never seen snakes 
chasing minnows before. My son said that, at first, they seemed to be hunting 
cooperatively, with the larger snakes blocking the outlet with their bodies, 
and several others appearing to drive the minnows towards them, and another 
group actively feeding. 



Joanne




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jovet AT aol.com

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Subject: White Ibis Blackwater
From: jovet AT aol.com
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:15:58 -0400 (EDT)
I celebrated my kids' first day of spring break by taking them to Blackwater 
(Cambridge, Dorchester County) for a bike ride. Possibly prompted y reports of 
Black-necked Stilts there not so long ago. The aggressive wind played a part in 
low bird numbers - and hard pedaling. After packing up the bikes, we were 
leaving the refuge by car, about 5 p.m. when an adult WHITE IBIS flew over. Jon 
Ranson and I both had excellent views of the lone bird, with the unmistakable 
bill, the white body with black wingtips. 



Later, near where the Stilts reportedly HAD been once (they called it Area 5), 
we had a good number of shorebirds, many Northern Shovelers, and about 12 Blue 
Winged Teal. And a group of flyover GLOSSY IBIS (five birds). Of course, we had 
handfuls of the more common birds, but it was the White Ibis that was the star 
of the day for us. 



We also had a large snapping turtle crossing the road, with a Turkey Vulture 
watching it hopefully (bird flew away as the turtle made headway towards the 
water). Also fascinating was a group of about a dozen water snakes in a tidal 
marsh - hunting fish. We watched for about 1/2 hour - I've never seen snakes 
chasing minnows before. My son said that, at first, they seemed to be hunting 
cooperatively, with the larger snakes blocking the outlet with their bodies, 
and several others appearing to drive the minnows towards them, and another 
group actively feeding. 



Joanne




Joanne Howl, DVM
jovet AT aol.com

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Subject: Re: Bird Identification
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace AT kornack.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:00:38 -0400
Pat,

Thanks to your and other comments I received, I believe it is a Brown-headed 
Cowbird that I saw at Fletcher's Cove. I struggled with deciding between a 
juvenile and a female. But I like your choice of words--a young cowbird getting 
adult plumage. 


My sincere thanks goes to you and the many other birders who provided 
thoughtful suggestions. 


Wallace Kornack
Washington DC



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Subject: Re: Maryland City AA: FOY Whip-poor-will
From: Marcy Stutzman <marciastutzman AT netscape.net>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:45:15 -0700 (PDT)
should read:  a FOY Whip-poor-will last evening (4/13)

Marcy Stutzman
Russett, MD 20724

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Subject: First-of-year Blue-headed Vireo in Garrett County
From: Connie Skipper <cskipper10 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:35:07 -0700 (PDT)
FOY Blue-headed Vireo yesterday (3 of them) near Accident in Garrett Co. Heard 
several more today at Deep Creek Lake State Park. 


Connie Skipper
Oakland, MD

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Subject: Re: FOY yard birds - Scarlet Tanager and Common Yellowthroat - PG County
From: Karen Caruso <karen.caruso AT verizon.net>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:10:44 -0700 (PDT)


Two Question Mark butterflies today: one on my porch in Riva - and one at 
Southwest Area Park.... 

> 
> Karen Caruso
Riva  (Anne Arundel)

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Subject: Maryland City AA: FOY Whip-poor-will
From: Marcy Stutzman <marciastutzman AT netscape.net>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:34:18 -0700 (PDT)
Jay Sheppard reports he heard a FOY Whip-poor-will last evening (4/14) around 
10PM from behind his house in Maryland City, Anne Arundel County (western most 
part of AACO). The woods from which it was calling is just across the 
Baltimore-Washington Parkway from the North Tract of the Patuxent Research 
Refuge, where the species is very common. He had almost forgotten that the 
Whip-poor-will show up on about the same date as the hummers (and he had his 
first hummingbird on 4/13). 


Marcy Stutzman
Russett, MD 20724

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Subject: Bird Identification
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace AT kornack.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:21:09 -0400
This morning at Fletcher's Cove I came upon a bird that I couldn't identify. It 
was in two shades of gray. The head and body were a shade lighter than the 
wings and back, and the eye and beak were black. It had the general size and 
shape of a female Brewer's Blackbird except the crown seemed more pronounced 
(steeper) and the beak more compact and less pointy. In profile the head, body, 
wings and tail were seemingly aligned. 


I would appreciate anyone's identification or at least some hint of what it 
might be. 


Thanks,

Wallace Kornack
Washington  DC

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Subject: Fletcher's Cove, Monday 4/14/14
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace AT kornack.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:20:22 -0400
This morning (4/14) at Fletcher's Cove along the Potomac.....

Palm Warbler (Yellow)     4
Yellow-rumped Warbler     8
Canada Goose     2
Wood Duck     2
Double-crested Cormorant     9
Black Vulture     3
Red-bellied Woodpecker  
Downy Woodpecker  
Tufted Titmouse     2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher     2

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington  DC

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Subject: Monday: Seneca/River Road
From: Donald Sweig <skybirds.d AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:29:37 -0400
 Found at least two, maybe three, singing Prairie Warblers at 18600 River Rd. 
this morning. Excellent views, one 15- feet away at eye level. Also at least 
two singing White-eyed vireos, one seen. 

 At Riley's Lock, in addition to the Grebe's, saw and heard one singing Pine 
Warbler, and my first of the year Chimney Swifts. 

    Donald Sweig 
Falls Church, Virginia

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Subject: FOS Ruby-throated Hummingbird- Mount Washington, Baltimore
From: Bryce Butler <capitano.bryce AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:08:03 -0700 (PDT)
Male Ruby-throat appeared at our feeder this morning. Glad I heeded the 
exhortation to get our feeders out early. 

Bryce Butler
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Subject: FOY House Wren
From: Georgia McDonald <gmcdonald2006 AT verizon.net>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:58:41 -0400
Heard singing in the yard as I tear out lirope & periwinkle to replace 
with native plants.

Georgia McDonald             Towson, Balt Co

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Subject: Yard birds
From: Janet Millenson <janet AT twocrows.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:34:47 -0400
Yesterday's raptor sightings were more exciting than usual for this 
location: a Bald Eagle flew over, followed within five minutes by an 
Osprey. (Pascal, my Able Avian Assistant, gets credit for spotting both 
of them.) This morning, a FOY Chimney Swift went by.

Maybe one of those recently-reported ravens will show up next?


Janet Millenson
Potomac, MD (Montgomery County)
janet AT twocrows.com
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Subject: Re: Potomac River 2nd winter Little Gull
From: Howard Wu <howiewu1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 07:27:16 -0700 (PDT)
On Monday, April 14, 2014 9:50:08 AM UTC-4, Mark Rositol wrote:
> It also depends on what part of the day you saw them. The flock does tend to 
drift and move a little. And the Little Gull flew a good distance when I viewed 
it. I encountered the border issue with the Eared Grebe a few months ago, which 
was viewed from the Belle Haven Marina pier. It never made it far enough to be 
in Maryland waters. The Little Gull was flying anywhere between a quarter of 
the way to more than half way across at certain points over the Potomac. If you 
are looking across the Potomac at the National Harbor you aren't looking 
directly East. It is slightly North East as the marina is angled in a way. The 
border line goes straight South from the middle of Jones Point Park and makes a 
slight turn towards the Virginia shore and than turns back straight to the 
South again. 

> 
> here is a link showing the border
> https://www.google.com/maps/ AT 38.7828545,-77.0377635,15z
> 
> Mark Rositol
> Fort Washington, MD

To me there is 0 doubt that the Little Gull was at least sometimes over MD 
waters. If you look at the map, the part of the Wilson Bridge *over water* is 
almost entirely within MD boundary (except a small triangular slice of DC and 
one sliver of VA part at the western end). On Saturday, 4/12, I saw the bird 
flying over a yellow buoy close to the eastern end of the bridge. That alone 
settles it, IMO. 


I also saw it flying over a mud bar (or floating wooden platform, whatever it 
is) where some cormorants rested in front of the National Harbor, and over the 
barge, both of which I believe were in MD waters. 


Howard Wu
Herndon, VA

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Subject: Re: Raven at Carderock - Mont Co
From: Clive Harris <clivegharris AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 07:10:34 -0700 (PDT)
Common Ravens are present year-round in the area near Cabin John and Carderock 
and have been for several years. They probably breeed in the area and were 
confirmed to have done so once in Cabin John. Its not that far from here to 
Montrose Rd either. If I spend enough time outside in the yard here I can 
almost be guaranteed of a sighting. 


Regards

Clive Harris
Cabin John MD
 

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 From: Christine Ley 
To: Susan Hunt  
Cc: Paul Pisano ; "mdbirding AT googlegroups.com" 
 

Sent: Monday, April 14, 2014 10:00 AM
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Raven at Carderock - Mont Co
  


We saw one at carderock on Saturday early afternoon.

Chris Ley
Bob Weinberg
Bethesda

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On Apr 14, 2014, at 9:24 AM, Susan Hunt  wrote:


Yesterday evening (at 5:35pm), as I was driving up I-270 in Rockville, I saw a 
Common Raven fly over my car. It was flying fairly low, like it was coming in 
to land not far off the side of the highway. It banked right in front of my 
car, so I got a great look at the large bill, long, bowed wings and 
wedge-shaped tail. This was between the Montrose Rd. & Falls Rd exits, the 
bird was on the east side of the highway. 

>>
>>Good birding,
>>Paul Pisano
>>Arlington, VA
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Subject: Re: Raven at Carderock - Mont Co
From: Christine Ley <chrisley21 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:00:59 -0400
We saw one at carderock on Saturday early afternoon.

Chris Ley
Bob Weinberg
Bethesda

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> On Apr 14, 2014, at 9:24 AM, Susan Hunt  wrote:
> 
> One flew over my head just after I read this post. It was croaking and being 
chased by a crow. 

> 
> Susan Hunt
> Sligo Woods/Wheaton 
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
>> On Apr 14, 2014, at 8:48 AM, Paul Pisano  wrote:
>> 
>> Yesterday evening (at 5:35pm), as I was driving up I-270 in Rockville, I saw 
a Common Raven fly over my car. It was flying fairly low, like it was coming in 
to land not far off the side of the highway. It banked right in front of my 
car, so I got a great look at the large bill, long, bowed wings and 
wedge-shaped tail. This was between the Montrose Rd. & Falls Rd exits, the bird 
was on the east side of the highway. 

>>  
>> Good birding,
>> Paul Pisano
>> Arlington, VA
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Subject: Rock Creek Park, Monday 4/13/14
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace AT kornack.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:50:52 -0400
This morning (4/14) at Rock Creek Park.....

Mourning Dove     6
Northern Flicker     2
Blue Jay     2
Fish Crow  
Tufted Titmouse     2
Carolina Wren  
American Robin     35
Yellow-rumped Warbler  FOY
Swamp Sparrow  
White-throated Sparrow     12
Northern Cardinal     6
Red-winged Blackbird     3
Brown-headed Cowbird     3
American Goldfinch     2
House Sparrow     3

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington  DC

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Subject: Re: Potomac River 2nd winter Little Gull
From: Mark Rositol <mrositol510 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 06:50:08 -0700 (PDT)
It also depends on what part of the day you saw them. The flock does tend to 
drift and move a little. And the Little Gull flew a good distance when I viewed 
it. I encountered the border issue with the Eared Grebe a few months ago, which 
was viewed from the Belle Haven Marina pier. It never made it far enough to be 
in Maryland waters. The Little Gull was flying anywhere between a quarter of 
the way to more than half way across at certain points over the Potomac. If you 
are looking across the Potomac at the National Harbor you aren't looking 
directly East. It is slightly North East as the marina is angled in a way. The 
border line goes straight South from the middle of Jones Point Park and makes a 
slight turn towards the Virginia shore and than turns back straight to the 
South again. 


here is a link showing the border
https://www.google.com/maps/ AT 38.7828545,-77.0377635,15z

Mark Rositol
Fort Washington, MD

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Subject: FOY yard birds - Scarlet Tanager and Common Yellowthroat - PG County
From: <marshwren50 AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:42:34 +0000 (UTC)
Just arrived at our yard in Bowie (PG County) this morning: Common Yellowthroat 
and Scarlet Tanager. 


A non-bird note: Falcate Orangetips (butterflies) are flying. Seen yesterday at 
BARC. 


Marcia
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Marcia Watson
Bowie, MD
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Subject: Re: Raven at Carderock - Mont Co
From: Susan Hunt <shunt820 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:24:19 -0400
One flew over my head just after I read this post. It was croaking and being 
chased by a crow. 


Susan Hunt
Sligo Woods/Wheaton 

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On Apr 14, 2014, at 8:48 AM, Paul Pisano  wrote:

> Yesterday evening (at 5:35pm), as I was driving up I-270 in Rockville, I saw 
a Common Raven fly over my car. It was flying fairly low, like it was coming in 
to land not far off the side of the highway. It banked right in front of my 
car, so I got a great look at the large bill, long, bowed wings and 
wedge-shaped tail. This was between the Montrose Rd. & Falls Rd exits, the bird 
was on the east side of the highway. 

>  
> Good birding,
> Paul Pisano
> Arlington, VA
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Subject: Re: Potomac River 2nd winter Little Gull
From: Fred Shaffer <glaucousgull AT verizon.net>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 06:01:40 -0700 (PDT)
I believe that the bird was in Maryland waters the entire time I watched it. I 
was watching from the Virginia shore, just north of the Belle Haven Marina and 
the bird was over the center (or close to the center)of the Potomac River the 
entire time. As Maryland claims all or almost all of the main channel of the 
river (up to the average low tide line?), this places the bird in Prince 
George's County, not Virginia. The bird was fairly far from shore, which I 
believe placed it over the main channel of the river. I had to kayak fairly 
farfrom shore to get closer to the bird. Attached is one of my few marginal 
photos, which shows the bird over the river with National Harbor in the 
background. The Little Gull is the rightmost bird in the photo, and it shows 
the field marks described in my earlier post (dark gray underwing, small amount 
of black in the primary tips). If someone has additional insight into the 
boundary at this location or has a 

 clearer description of how it is determined, please let me know. Thanks,

Fred Shaffer 
GlaucousGull AT verizon.net
Crofton, Anne Arundel


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From: Hugh McGuinness 
To: Fred Shaffer  
Cc: M Dbirding  
Sent: Friday, April 11, 2014 9:57 PM
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Potomac River 2nd winter Little Gull



IMHO that bird was in Virginia waters. The entire time I watched it, on and off 
from 4-6pm, it didn't ever really get close to Maryland waters. (I certainly 
would have liked it to, as Little Gull would be a MD bird for me.) This was 
very clear from the end of the boardwalk at Dyke Marsh where it could be seen 
that the great majority of the Bonaparte's flock was well inside the Virginia 
line. 


Hugh




On Fri, Apr 11, 2014 at 9:26 PM, Fred Shaffer  wrote:

Thanks to a text from Jeff Shenot, who confirmed that the Little Gull was still 
present in Prince George's County Potomac River waters and visible from Dyke 
Marsh this afternoon, I was able to relocate the bird, viewing it off and on 
from shore (at Dyke Marsh) and then from my kayak from approximately 4:40 until 
almost 6:30 pm. Initially, I watched the bird from shore, where I got distant 
but decent scope views of the gull as it foraged over the river with 150 or so 
Bonaparte's Gulls. The Little Gull foraged over the river, gradually drifting 
to the south before flying back to north (just off Dyke Marsh),before gradually 
gliding to the south again as it foraged over and on the river. The gull 
repeated this process the entire time I was present, although it was easy to 
lose the bird in the swirl of gulls. 

>
>
>After about an hour, I decided to put my kayak into the river at the marina 
adjacent to Dyke Marsh. I did get closer to the bird, but the views were only 
slightly better due to the pitching of my kayak in the wind and waves. I got 
some marginal, but identifiable photos of the bird. It was a plumage that I 
had not seen before for a Little Gull - a 2nd cycle bird. The bird was smaller 
and more compact that the surrounding Bonaparte's Gulls. The wingtips seemed 
slightly more rounded, although this was difficult to judge.The bird had a 
dusky gray underwing, not quite as dark gray as an adult, but a slightly paler 
gray that was more restricted to the flight feathers (with the wing coverts a 
shade lighter, but still gray). The dark underwing was still very visible on 
the bird in flight, even if it wasn't as dark as an adult LIGU. The upperside 
of the wing was all gray (lacking the black "m" markings of a 1st cycle bird) 
with a small amount of 

 black showing in the primary tips.
>
>
>Of course it was a beautiful, warm afternoon to be out along the Potomac, with 
the Little Gull and Bonies putting on a good show over the water. Also of note 
were a few Purple Martins over the river with the Tree Swallows and Northern 
Rough-winged Swallows. Good birding, 

>
>
>Fred Shaffer
>GlaucousGull AT verizon.net
>Crofton, Anne Arundel
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Subject: Scissor-tailed -NO
From: Matthew Anthony <mhanthony AT smcm.edu>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 05:53:33 -0700 (PDT)
Arrived at 7 and spent two hours looking with no luck

--Matt Anthony
Bel Air

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Subject: Raven invasion continues - Mont Co
From: Paul Pisano <cheep.paul AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:48:32 -0400
Yesterday evening (at 5:35pm), as I was driving up I-270 in Rockville, I
saw a Common Raven fly over my car.  It was flying fairly low, like it was
coming in to land not far off the side of the highway.  It banked right in
front of my car, so I got a great look at the large bill, long, bowed wings
and wedge-shaped tail.  This was between the Montrose Rd. & Falls Rd exits,
the bird was on the east side of the highway.

Good birding,
Paul Pisano
Arlington, VA

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Subject: West Laurel Raptors (4/13/14)
From: "Derek C. Richardson" <dcr AT astro.umd.edu>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:24:14 -0400 (EDT)
It was a good day for raptors from our yard in West Laurel (PG County) 
yesterday: OSPREY (grabbed a branch from a neighbor's tree and flew off 
toward the Howard T. Duckett dam); adult BALD EAGLE soaring overhead; 2 
adult RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS; and 2 RED-TAILED HAWKS (1 adult, 1 immature). 
It's only our second sighting of an Osprey here.  Also, FOY BLUE-GRAY 
GNATCATCHER for the yard.  Five species of woodpecker too (RED-BELLIED, 
DOWNY, HAIRY, FLICKER, PILEATED).  No sign of juncos (they were still here 
a few days ago).  Lots of WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS still.

Also, thanks to Diane & Betsy et al. re: the YCNH and bittern at Sligo 
Creek -- we had great views yesterday afternoon.

D

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Subject: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher photos
From: Kevin Heffernan <kjheff122 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 07:54:15 -0400
All,
       Photos of the Scissor-tailed FC from Saturday are posted at the link
below.



https://picasaweb.google.com/aplbirder/ScissorTaiiledFC?authkey=Gv1sRgCK_5j4rDg5nkQQ# 



Kevin Heffernan
Ellicott City, MD
kjheff122 AT gmail.com

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Subject: Yellow -throated vireo singing outside my window this morning
From: "aixxss AT yahoo.com" <aixxss@yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 04:10:24 -0700 (PDT)
Hi All:
A first-of-season yellow-throated vireo is singing outside my window 
overlooking NW branch. The wood frogs were in full throat last nite. 

Spring!!!

Sally Wechsler
silver spring, md

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Subject: Re: Fort Smallwood Park Sunday, April 13, 2014 284 Raptors
From: jovet AT aol.com
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 00:01:40 -0400 (EDT)
Sue, thanks for a great time and a wonderful job!  


Remember I thought that I saw a Longtail Duck flying at a distance with a group 
of dark ducks? Well, what THAT duck truly was, is anyone's guess, but there WAS 
a beautiful Longtail Drake VERY close to shore on the water just north of the 
fort - enjoying a break from the winds gusting by the Hawk Watch! Jon Ranson 
and I got quite close to him, and he wasn't very shy about showing off! 



Joanne


Joanne Howl, DVM
West River, MD



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Sent: Sun, Apr 13, 2014 11:50 pm
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Sunday, April 13, 2014 284 Raptors 




Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA



Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 13, 2014

Species
Day's Count
Month Total
Season Total

Black Vulture
6
101
225

Turkey Vulture
66
1765
4212

Osprey
13
147
219

Bald Eagle
1
17
24

Northern Harrier
6
31
36

Sharp-shinned Hawk
106
403
477

Cooper's Hawk
15
114
180

Northern Goshawk
0
0
0

Red-shouldered Hawk
9
96
229

Broad-winged Hawk
16
27
27

Red-tailed Hawk
7
92
228

Rough-legged Hawk
0
0
0

Golden Eagle
0
0
0

American Kestrel
32
355
388

Merlin
6
22
25

Peregrine Falcon
0
0
0

Unknown Accipiter
1
4
6

Unknown Buteo
0
2
3

Unknown Falcon
0
0
0

Unknown Eagle
0
0
0

Unknown Raptor
0
0
0

Total:
284
3176
6279





Observation start time: 
9:15 am

Observation end time: 
4:30 pm daylight time

Total observation time: 
7.25 hours

Official Counter
Sue Ricciardi

Observers: 
Andy Smith, Bob Ringler, Cal Orvis, Hal Wierenga, Jackie Cooper, Jim Stasz, 
Lynn Davidson, Mary Jane McMillan, Peg Kemp 





Visitors:
Many visitors came by today, enjoying the Scissor-tail and some migrating 
hawks: Michael Orvis, Dan Walker, Brad Clark-Ames; Bobbi Reichwein, Raymond and 
Shirley Geddes, Tim Houghton, Lynne Parks, Dave Littlepage, Mark Rositol, Jerri 
and John Barbour, Kathy Calvert, Pat Caro, Kathryn Grandine, Lois Kauffman, 
Mike and Ann Bowen, Joanne Howl, Jon Ranson. Sorry if I missed anyone. 


Weather:
Cloud cover varied from 60 to 75%. 60-83 degrees; some fog early, then good 
visibility; winds light and variable at first, then becoming strong mostly with 
a southwesterly component. 


Raptor Observations:
A good flight today, especially in the afternoon when the southwest winds 
kicked in; Sharp-shinned hawks and kestrels zooming by with the tail wind. 


Non-raptor Observations:
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher present for a second day and was still being seen in 
the late afternoon, even after 6 Merlins had passed by; new arrival: Little 
Blue Heron. 

Complete ebird list:  http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17883444

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


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





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Subject: Fort Smallwood Park Sunday, April 13, 2014 284 Raptors
From: susiericc AT comcast.net
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 03:50:52 +0000 (UTC)
Fort Smallwood Park 
Pasadena, Maryland, USA 

Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 13, 2014 
Species 	Day's Count 	Month Total 	Season Total 
Black Vulture 	6 	101 	225 
Turkey Vulture 	66 	1765 	4212 
Osprey 	13 	147 	219 
Bald Eagle 	1 	17 	24 
Northern Harrier 	6 	31 	36 
Sharp-shinned Hawk 	106 	403 	477 
Cooper's Hawk 	15 	114 	180 
Northern Goshawk 	0 	0 	0 
Red-shouldered Hawk 	9 	96 	229 
Broad-winged Hawk 	16 	27 	27 
Red-tailed Hawk 	7 	92 	228 
Rough-legged Hawk 	0 	0 	0 
Golden Eagle 	0 	0 	0 
American Kestrel 	32 	355 	388 
Merlin 	6 	22 	25 
Peregrine Falcon 	0 	0 	0 
Unknown Accipiter 	1 	4 	6 
Unknown Buteo 	0 	2 	3 
Unknown Falcon 	0 	0 	0 
Unknown Eagle 	0 	0 	0 
Unknown Raptor 	0 	0 	0 
Total: 	284 	3176 	6279 

Observation start time: 	9:15 am 
Observation end time: 	4:30 pm daylight time 
Total observation time: 	7.25 hours 
Official Counter 	Sue Ricciardi 
Observers: Andy Smith, Bob Ringler, Cal Orvis, Hal Wierenga, Jackie Cooper, Jim 
Stasz, Lynn Davidson, Mary Jane McMillan, Peg Kemp 



Visitors: 
Many visitors came by today, enjoying the Scissor-tail and some migrating 
hawks: Michael Orvis, Dan Walker, Brad Clark-Ames; Bobbi Reichwein, Raymond and 
Shirley Geddes, Tim Houghton, Lynne Parks, Dave Littlepage, Mark Rositol, Jerri 
and John Barbour, Kathy Calvert, Pat Caro, Kathryn Grandine, Lois Kauffman, 
Mike and Ann Bowen, Joanne Howl, Jon Ranson. Sorry if I missed anyone. 


Weather: 
Cloud cover varied from 60 to 75%. 60-83 degrees; some fog early, then good 
visibility; winds light and variable at first, then becoming strong mostly with 
a southwesterly component. 


Raptor Observations: 
A good flight today, especially in the afternoon when the southwest winds 
kicked in; Sharp-shinned hawks and kestrels zooming by with the tail wind. 


Non-raptor Observations: 
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher present for a second day and was still being seen in 
the late afternoon, even after 6 Merlins had passed by; new arrival: Little 
Blue Heron. 

Complete ebird list:  http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17883444 

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


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



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Subject: Re: Sligo Creek YCNH and AmBi
From: Alex Wiebe <rabwiebe AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 18:22:13 -0700 (PDT)
On Sunday, April 13, 2014 3:49:57 PM UTC-4, Betsy Bangert wrote:
> Both the Sligo Creek Yellow-crowned Night-heron and American Bittern were 
present at 3:30 this afternoon in the same location previously mentioned. The 
bittern looked a little awkward perched high up in a tree. 

> 
> 
> 
> Good birding!
> 
> Betsy Bangert
> 
> Ocean Pines, MD
> 
> 
> 
> Sent from my iPhone

Great bird! I went to see it around 7:00 pm today.

Here's a picture:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/120668239 AT N03/13835565584/

Alex Wiebe
Takoma Park, MD

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Subject: Re: Re: Sligo Creek YCNH and AmBi
From: "Gail B. Mackiernan %3Ckatahdinss%40comcast.net%3E" <katahdinss AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 01:00:10 +0000 (UTC)
Hi -- 

Barry and I arrived about 7:45 to find the Bittern still ensconced in his tree, 
but he seemed a bit restless, stretching his wings, shaking his feathers, and 
looking about. At the dot of 8 PM he sidled up the branch a bit, leaned forward 
and took off -- twisting through the tree branches up into the sky, and then 
flying off resolutely...south? Well, that's the direction he started in, 
anyway! 


The two Night Heron pairs were attending their nests, rearranging branches and 
were still there when we left at 8:02 PM... 


Gail Mackiernan and Barry Cooper 
Colesville, MD 

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Sent: Sunday, April 13, 2014 7:43:55 PM 
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Sligo Creek YCNH and AmBi 

Still there at 7:30 pm--putting on a show, preening, neck feathers standing out 
in the breeze, then just looking around in that sleek bittern way. Couldnt ask 
for a better look; I'm glad I went to see! I also had the "My gosh, it IS a 
bittern," reaction. 


Patricia Wood 
Silver Spring 


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Subject: FOY Eastern Kingbird: Sandy Point State Park (Anne Arundel)
From: Karen Caruso <karen.caruso AT verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 16:57:00 -0700 (PDT)
Sandy Point State Park, Anne Arundel, US-MD
Apr 13, 2014 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
5 species

Osprey  1
Killdeer  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Eastern Kingbird 1 East Beach Shelter Area: between picnic area Grey Squirrel 
and Striped Bass: in and out of the small trees beside the parking lot. In view 
for 10 minutes. 

European Starling  1

Karen Caruso

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Subject: Wild Turkey at Gateway Business Park in Columbia, April 13
From: Jim Wilkinson <lakekoshare AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 16:47:46 -0700 (PDT)
One Wild Turkey was at the edge of the grass behind the office building closest 
to the intersection of Gateway Drive and Alexander Bell Drive this afternoon. I 
also heard a Pine Warbler singing in a grove of Virginia Pine behind the 
offices on Samuel Morse Drive just south of the GE retention pond. Here is a 
picture of the turkey: 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/92602377 AT N06/13829687115/


Jim Wilkinson
Columbia, MD

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Subject: Re: Silgo Creek Pkwy YCNH's + American Bittern (!)
From: Susan Hunt <shunt820 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 16:44:59 -0700 (PDT)
Thanks for the posting, Diane! It was still there at 7:30in the same place 
(along with two pairs of YCNHs on nests. 


Susan Hunt
Sligo Woods, Wheaton
 

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Subject: [MDBirding] Silgo Creek Pkwy YCNH's + American Bittern (!)
  


Hi all.,

 Sorry I couldn't post earlier, (don't have one of those smart phone gadgetry 
things)- While viewing the YCNH nests at Schuyler Rd I saw a brown 'blob' on a 
large Tulip Poplar Branch diagonal to the heron nest over Silgo Creek.  It was 
a roosting American Bittern, a big morning surprise. It might still be there, 
about 50ft up in the tree. If you park at the lot before Schuyler, walk along 
the guardrail and stop halfway. The heron nest will be to the left, and just 
over the right in the next big poplar should be the Bittern. 


D.Ford/Bethesda, Md. 


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Subject: Re: Sligo Creek YCNH and AmBi
From: Patricia Wood <pwood AT capaccess.org>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 16:43:55 -0700 (PDT)
On Sunday, April 13, 2014 3:49:57 PM UTC-4, Betsy Bangert wrote:
> Both the Sligo Creek Yellow-crowned Night-heron and American Bittern were 
present at 3:30 this afternoon in the same location previously mentioned. The 
bittern looked a little awkward perched high up in a tree. 

> 
> 
> 
> Good birding!
> 
> Betsy Bangert
> 
> Ocean Pines, MD
> 
> 
> 
> Sent from my iPhone

Still there at 7:30 pm--putting on a show, preening, neck feathers standing out 
in the breeze, then just looking around in that sleek bittern way. Couldnt ask 
for a better look; I'm glad I went to see! I also had the "My gosh, it IS a 
bittern," reaction. 


Patricia Wood
Silver Spring

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Subject: Fort Smallwood and Swan Creek, 4/13/14
From: Tim Houghton <thoughton AT loyola.edu>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 23:23:31 +0000
After watching (with many others) the stunning Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher for 
about 45 minutes (10:30-11:15, and then on my way out at 1:15) at Fort 
Smallwood, I spent the next two hours hanging out with Sue and the Hawk-Watch 
Crew. (That could be the name of a band.) I never spend much time at hawk 
watches, but I spent 2 hours with them, and it was a very good time. Their ID 
skills are remarkable, and it helped that there was a lot of action with a 
variety of species. 


I went to Swan Creek afterwards--where Lynne Parks helped me get 3 nice birds: 
a singing Prairie Warbler with bright, pristine breeding plumage, a drake 
Pintail, and 2 Glossy Ibis. The Ibis and 5 snowy egrets were in the mitigated 
wetland. Also a Palm Warbler and 2 Common Yellowthroat--and GW Teal. And the 
usual stuff. 


Best Birding Wishes,

Tim Houghton
(Glen Arm)

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Subject: Re: Swan Creek Wetland
From: Dave Littlepage <d.littlepage AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 15:53:18 -0700 (PDT)
On Sunday, April 13, 2014 2:37:14 PM UTC-4, Lynne Parks wrote:
> FOY Prairie Warbler and Common Yellowthroat.
> 2 Glossy Ibis. 
> Lynne

Nice sounds like a great day Lynne! 

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Subject: Forster's Tern
From: "J.B. Churchill" <jchurchi AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 18:40:33 -0400
Aaron Graham just called me and asked me to post that he and Kyle Klotz and 
company had a Forster 's Tern at the "Bill's Marine Service" lot in McHenry, 
Garrett County, MD. 


Good Birding!

J.B. Churchill
Frostburg, MD

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Subject: Re: Sligo Creek YCNH and AmBi
From: <hobbs_ann AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 22:30:20 +0000
Thanks!  I finally found it!  To the right of old nest over creek.
Ann Hobbs
Silver Spring, MD
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Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Sligo Creek YCNH and AmBi

Good grief! It really is a bittern! The most unlikely bittern sighting I've 
ever had! 


Two active Yellow-crowned Night Heron nests at this location. 

Tom Stock
Silver Spring MD

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To: 
Subject: [MDBirding] Sligo Creek YCNH and AmBi

Both the Sligo Creek Yellow-crowned Night-heron and American Bittern were 
present at 3:30 this afternoon in the same location previously mentioned. The 
bittern looked a little awkward perched high up in a tree. 


Good birding!
Betsy Bangert
Ocean Pines, MD

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Subject: Charles County - Hooded Warbler, Red-necked Grebe
From: John Hubbell <johngilhub1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 18:18:53 -0400
I birdied today along the Potomac River in Charles County. Highlights included: 


- Hooded Warbler singing at a stream crossing on Rt 224 south of Smallwood SP. 
New early date for me. 

- Red-necked Grebe at Smallwood SP.
- 3 Caspian Terns at Marshall Hall boat ramp.
- 3 Yellow-throated Warblers at Mallows Bay (FOY).
- Numerous Northern Parulas and White-eyed Vireos, also FOY.
- 2 Rusty Blackbirds at Bumpy Oak Rd trail.

John Hubbell 
Washington, D.C. 

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Subject: Re: Re: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
From: Derek Hudgins <derekhudgins AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 14:34:48 -0700 (PDT)
The Fort Smallwood Scissor-tailed Flycatcher is putting on a show at the 
maintenance yard at 5:30. 


Derek Hudgins
DC

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Subject: Re: Sligo Creek YCNH and AmBi
From: altomomatic AT verizon.net
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 20:29:58 +0000
Good grief! It really is a bittern! The most unlikely bittern sighting I've 
ever had! 


Two active Yellow-crowned Night Heron nests at this location. 

Tom Stock
Silver Spring MD

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Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 15:49:57 
To: 
Subject: [MDBirding] Sligo Creek YCNH and AmBi

Both the Sligo Creek Yellow-crowned Night-heron and American Bittern were 
present at 3:30 this afternoon in the same location previously mentioned. The 
bittern looked a little awkward perched high up in a tree. 


Good birding!
Betsy Bangert
Ocean Pines, MD

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Subject: FOY Ruby-throated Hummingbird (male)
From: Marcy Stutzman <marciastutzman AT netscape.net>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 13:11:42 -0700 (PDT)
Jay Sheppard reported his FOY Ruby-throated Hummingbird (a male, naturally)in 
his Maryland City yard sipping from a feeder about 1 PM today, April 13. That 
is about the earliest he has seen them in his yard (Maryland City, Anne Arundel 
County). (Just have to wait for the other 299 to show up now.) 


Marcy Stutzman
Russett, MD 20724

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Subject: Re: Re: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
From: Ron Gutberlet <rlgutberlet AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 16:01:17 -0400
Hi Everyone,

The Scissor-tailed Flycatcher is still here at Fort Smallwood Park at 3:58 pm. 
The directions from Dave Littlepage (below) are perfect. Thanks for all the 
reports!! 


Have fun,

Ron Gutberlet
Salisbury, MD
rlgutberlet AT salisbury.edu

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> On Apr 13, 2014, at 11:31 AM, Dave Littlepage  
wrote: 

> 
>> On Sunday, April 13, 2014 9:15:03 AM UTC-4, Lynne Parks wrote:
>> Scissor-tailed Flycatcher still at Fort Smallwood this morning.
> 
> Still here as of 1130a. Stay to the right as you enter park. Park near water 
just north of hawk watch. Bird is in phrase at north end of pond. 

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Subject: Marshy Point, 04/13/14
From: Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 15:57:15 -0400
04/13/14 - 820am-1155am
Marshy Point Nature Center, Baltimore Co., MD

WEATHER: Fair/PC, 59-69 degrees, SE 5 mph- SE 9 mph
OBSERVERS: 15+

Canada Goose - 6
Wood Duck - 5
Gadwall - 9
Mallard - 3
Red-throated Loon - 2 (flybys NE)
Common Loon - 7 (flyovers NE
Pied-billed Grebe - 1
Double-crested Cormorant - 26 (groups of 2, 6, 2, 1, 11, 4 flybys)
Great Blue Heron - 2 (one high flying N)
Black Vulture - 10
Turkey Vulture - 9
Osprey - 3
Bald Eagle - 3
Cooper's Hawk - 3
Red-tailed Hawk - 1
Greater Yellowlegs - 3
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1
Ring-billed Gull - 1
Herring Gull - 6
Caspian Tern - 1
Forster's Tern - 1
Mourning Dove - 1
Chimney Swift - 1
Belted Kingfisher - 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 1
Downy Woodpecker - 3
Hairy Woodpecker - 1
Northern Flicker - 4
Pileated Woodpecker - 1
Eastern Phoebe - 2
Blue Jay - 1
American Crow - 2
Tree Swallow - 15
Barn Swallow - 1
Carolina Chickadee - 10
Tufted Titmouse - 5
White-breasted Nuthatch - 2
Carolina Wren - 3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - 10
Eastern Bluebird - 2
American Robin - 8
Northern Mockingbird - 1
European Starling - 2
Yellow-throated Warbler - 1
Pine Warbler - 2
Palm Warbler - 5 (yellow)
Eastern Towhee - 2
Chipping Sparrow - 3
Savannah Sparrow - 1
Song Sparrow - 4
Swamp Sparrow - 2
White-throated Sparrow - 40
"Slate-colored" Junco - 1
Northern Cardinal - 11
Red-winged Blackbird - 21
Rusty Blackbird - 12
Common Grackle - 4
Brown-headed Cowbird - 2
House Finch - 2
American Goldfinch - 3
SPECIES: 61
INDIVIDUALS: 300

REPTILES: E Garter Snake - 1

AMPHIBIANS: Green Frog - 2, S Leopard Frog - 1

BUTTERFLIES: Cabbage White - 1

DRAGONFLIES: C Green Darner - 2


On way home, found 8 american wigeon on a farm pond along long green
pike near factory road.


    Kevin Graff
    Jarrettsville, MD
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Subject: Sligo Creek YCNH and AmBi
From: Betsy Bangert <elizabetsy111 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 15:49:57 -0400
Both the Sligo Creek Yellow-crowned Night-heron and American Bittern were 
present at 3:30 this afternoon in the same location previously mentioned. The 
bittern looked a little awkward perched high up in a tree. 


Good birding!
Betsy Bangert
Ocean Pines, MD

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Subject: Swan Creek Wetland
From: Lynne Parks <v.lynneparks AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 11:37:14 -0700 (PDT)
FOY Prairie Warbler and Common Yellowthroat.
2 Glossy Ibis. 
Lynne

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Subject: Backyard Raven
From: marian rutigliano <mcrutig AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 11:06:34 -0700
There is a Raven in my backyard here in Towson (Campus Hills). It landed,
poked about in the brush for a bit, then took off toward backyard
neighbours.

Marian Rutigliano
Towson (Balt Co)

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Subject: Prothonotary at Fletcher's cove
From: Christine Ley <chrisley21 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 12:34:59 -0400
This morning around 8:30.  Singing and posing nicely.

Chris Ley
Bethesda 

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Subject: Silgo Creek Pkwy YCNH's + American Bittern (!)
From: diane Ford <dmford455 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 08:37:34 -0700 (PDT)
Hi all.,

 Sorry I couldn't post earlier, (don't have one of those smart phone gadgetry 
things)- While viewing the YCNH nests at Schuyler Rd I saw a brown 'blob' on a 
large Tulip Poplar Branch diagonal to the heron nest over Silgo Creek.  It was 
a roosting American Bittern, a big morning surprise. It might still be there, 
about 50ft up in the tree. If you park at the lot before Schuyler, walk along 
the guardrail and stop halfway. The heron nest will be to the left, and just 
over the right in the next big poplar should be the Bittern. 


D.Ford/Bethesda, Md. 

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Subject: Re: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
From: Dave Littlepage <d.littlepage AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 08:31:13 -0700 (PDT)
On Sunday, April 13, 2014 9:15:03 AM UTC-4, Lynne Parks wrote:
> Scissor-tailed Flycatcher still at Fort Smallwood this morning.

Still here as of 1130a. Stay to the right as you enter park. Park near water 
just north of hawk watch. Bird is in phrase at north end of pond. 


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Subject: Early Yellow Warbler, Howard County
From: Kurt Schwarz <krschwa1 AT verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 11:19:16 -0400
A single Yellow Warbler was singing at 10:30 and Centennial Park, on the
north side of the lake, at the west end (wildlife end, below the tennis
courts).  

Kurt Schwarz
Ellicott City, Howard
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