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Long-billed Woodcreeper,©Dan Lane

20 Oct Hart-Miller Island, 10/20/14 [Kevin Graff ]
20 Oct Rock Creek Park, Monday 10/20/14 [Wallace Kornack ]
20 Oct Broad Creek Waterfowl PG County [Mark Rositol ]
20 Oct new yard bird and cool sighting at Turkey Point [Patricia Valdata ]
20 Oct Rarity Roundup! - Saturday, 11/15 ["'Bill Hubick' via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
19 Oct Rock Creek Park, Sunday 10/19/14 [Wallace Kornack ]
19 Oct Clay-colored Sparrow at Pt. Lookout, 10/19 ["'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
19 Oct Coots, Grebes, Eagle: C&O Canal, Great Falls [Donald Sweig ]
19 Oct Coots, Grebes, Eagle: C&O Canal, Great Falls [Donald Sweig ]
19 Oct Ruddy Ducks at MLK Pond in Colesville, MD ["'Elda Banks' via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
19 Oct Patterson Park [Taylor McLean ]
19 Oct Re: Golden Eagle?! [Kojo Baidoo ]
19 Oct Fourth Annual Assateague Sage Thrasher Hunt - 10/25/2014 [robert housten ]
19 Oct Golden Eagle?! [Kojo Baidoo ]
19 Oct Cromwell Valley Park [Georgia McDonald ]
19 Oct Masonville Cove & former Backyard HawkWatch, 10/18/14 [Kevin Graff ]
19 Oct Interesting Kingfisher Behavior ["Jim Wilson" ]
19 Oct Rose-breasted Grosbeak and Meadowlarks ["Jim Wilson" ]
18 Oct Re: Hawkwatch in DC [Martin Sneary ]
18 Oct Merlin: C&O Canal at Great Falls [Donald Sweig ]
18 Oct Fred Archibald Audobon Sanctuary - 18 Oct 2014 [Joseph Costa ]
19 Oct RE: Ches.Audubon Field Trip, Mount Pleasant Farm, 10/18/14 [Tim Houghton ]
18 Oct Rock Creek Park, Saturday 10/18/14 [Wallace Kornack ]
18 Oct Falcon over Great Falls [Janet Millenson ]
18 Oct Garrett Pine Siskins ["'Aaron Graham' via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
18 Oct RE: American Avocets still in Greenbelt ["'andrew.clemens' via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
18 Oct Ches.Audubon Field Trip, Mount Pleasant Farm, 10/18/14 [Tim Houghton ]
18 Oct Re: Masonville 10/17/2014 and 10/18/2014 [Tim Carney ]
18 Oct Masonville 10/17/2014 and 10/18/2014 [Tim Carney ]
18 Oct American Avocets still in Greenbelt [Adam Parr ]
18 Oct Come to the coast [Marcia Balestri ]
18 Oct Juvenile yellow-bellied sapsucker [Suzanne Richman ]
18 Oct Hawkwatch in DC [Frank Hawkins ]
18 Oct Re: Patterson Park is inaccessible Sat 10/18 []
18 Oct American Avocets still in Greenbelt [Art Drauglis ]
18 Oct American Avocets still in Greenbelt [Rob Hilton ]
18 Oct DC [Hugh McGuinness ]
18 Oct Patterson Park is inaccessible Sat 10/18 [Taylor McLean ]
17 Oct Re: Turkey Point Hawk Watch urgently needs observer tomorrow Oct 18 [Patricia Valdata ]
17 Oct Re: New yard bird -- Peregrine Falcon, Bethesda, Mont. Co. [Warblerick ]
17 Oct Re: Turkey Point Hawk Watch urgently needs observer tomorrow Oct 18 [Matt Hafner ]
17 Oct Turkey Point Hawk Watch urgently needs observer tomorrow Oct 18 [Patricia Valdata ]
17 Oct Re: Greenbelt American Avocets continue [Karl Krueger ]
17 Oct New yard bird -- Peregrine Falcon, Bethesda, Mont. Co. ["Jim Nelson" ]
17 Oct JBWS Winter Waterbird Survey (including incidental 'land birds' ) [Karen Caruso ]
17 Oct Rock Creek Park, Friday 10/17/14 [Wallace Kornack ]
17 Oct Re: Clay-colored Sparrow at Patterson Park 10/16/2014 [Richard Edden ]
17 Oct Re: Greenbelt American Avocets continue [Karl Krueger ]
17 Oct Lincoln's Sparrow still at Cromwell Valley Park [marian rutigliano ]
16 Oct Cromwell Valley Park, 10./14/14 [Kevin Graff ]
16 Oct Clay-colored Sparrow at Patterson Park 10/16/2014 [Tim Carney ]
16 Oct Rock Creek Park, Thursday 10/16/14 [Wallace Kornack ]
16 Oct Orange-crowned Warblers-Perryman Park (Harford Co.) [Mark Johnson ]
16 Oct Hart-Miller Island, 10/16/14 [Kevin Graff ]
15 Oct Rock Creek Park, Wednesday 10/15/14 [Wallace Kornack ]
15 Oct Greenbelt American Avocets continue [Kye jenkins ]
14 Oct Common Raven at CCBC Catonsville ["JCDLMARTIN via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
14 Oct Fwd: DC Area, 10/14/2014 []
14 Oct Good raptor movement today [Warblerick ]
14 Oct Re: PUFI at feeders [Frank Marenghi ]
14 Oct Greenbelt American Avocets continue [Rob Hilton ]
14 Oct Re: Pt. Lookout flycatcher ["'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
14 Oct RE: Broadford Lake tonight [Jim Green ]
13 Oct Re: Pt. Lookout flycatcher [Matt Hafner ]
13 Oct Pt. Lookout flycatcher ["'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
13 Oct Re: PUFI at feeders [Fred Fallon ]
13 Oct Swan Harbor this morning 10/13 [Matt Hafner ]
13 Oct Swan Creek 10/13/2014 [Tim Carney ]
13 Oct Broadford Lake tonight ["'Aaron Graham' via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
13 Oct Broadford Lake tonight ["'Aaron Graham' via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
13 Oct Coopers Hawk [Samuel Miller ]
13 Oct Irvine Nature Center, active, 10/13/14 [Tim Houghton ]
13 Oct Re: Up the Anacostia, DC [Martin Sneary ]
13 Oct Re: Re: PUFI at feeders ["'John Canoles' via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
13 Oct Cromwell Valley Nature Center [Taylor McLean ]
13 Oct Up the Anacostia, DC [Hugh McGuinness ]

Subject: Hart-Miller Island, 10/20/14
From: Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:52:39 -0400
10/20/14 – 715am-3pm

Hart-Miller Island, Baltimore Co., MD



WEATHER: PC/MC, calm- SSE 11K

OBSERVERS: Kevin Graff, Mardi Hastings, Bob Ringler, Debi Talbott



Canada Goose – 361

Mute Swan – 1

Wood Duck – 6

Gadwall – 86

American Wigeon – 6

American Black Duck – 32

Mallard – 142

Blue-winged Teal – 2

Northern Shoveler – 153

Northern Pintail – 146

Green-winged Teal – 197

Ring-necked Duck – 5

Lesser Scaup – 19

Ruddy Duck – 395

Pied-billed Grebe – 6

Double-crested Cormorant – 17

Great Blue Heron – 5

Osprey – 1

Bald Eagle – 5

Northern Harrier – 2

Cooper’s Hawk – 1

Peregrine Falcon – 1

*SORA – 1

American Coot – 26

Black-bellied Plover – 3

Killdeer – 15

Greater Yellowlegs – 4

Lesser Yellowlegs – 15

*SANDERLING – 1

*SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER – 14 (late)

Pectoral Sandpiper – 8

*DUNLIN – 42

*LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER – 3

Ring-billed Gull – 54

Herring Gull – 37

*LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL – 1 (3rd W)

Great Black-backed Gull – 79

Caspian Tern – 33

Mourning Dove – 17

Red-bellied Woodpecker – 3

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker – 1

Downy Woodpecker – 4

Northern Flicker – 4

Eastern Phoebe – 4

Blue-headed Vireo – 1

Tree Swallow – 596

Carolina Chickadee – 1

Tufted Titmouse – 2

Brown Creeper – 1

Carolina Wren – 10

Marsh Wren – 1

Golden-crowned Kinglet – 16

Ruby-crowned Kinglet – 26

Hermit Thrush – 2

Gray Catbird – 2

Northern Mockingbird – 2

European Starling – 48

American Pipit – 13

*ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER – 1

Common Yellowthroat – 1

Palm Warbler – 2 (western & yellow)

Yellow-rumped Warbler – 32

Eastern Towhee – 6

Chipping Sparrow – 22

Field Sparrow – 7

Savannah Sparrow – 14

Fox Sparrow – 1

Song Sparrow – 86

Swamp Sparrow – 35

White-throated Sparrow – 95

*WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW – 3 (1 ad, 2 imm)

“Slate-colored” Junco – 5

Northern Cardinal – 4

Red-winged Blackbird – 440

*EASTERN MEADOWLARK – 1

*PURPLE FINCH – 1 (female)

House Finch – 3

American Goldfinch – 4

SPECIES: 78      INDIVIDUALS: 3442



MAMMALS:

Red Fox – 3

Raccoon – 1

V Opossum (fresh tracks)

WT Deer (fresh tracks)



BUTTERFLIES

Cabbage White – 2

Orange Sulphur – 29

Common Buckeye – 38

Angelwing sp – 1

Red Admiral – 2

Monarch – 32

Skipper sp – 1



MOTHS

Isabella Tiger Moth – 25 (Woolly Bear)

Grapeleaf Skeletonizer – 1

Yellow-collared Scape Moth – 15



    Kevin Graff

    Jarrettsville, MD

    KeyWeststyle2001 AT gmail.com

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Subject: Rock Creek Park, Monday 10/20/14
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace AT kornack.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:47:58 -0400
This morning (10/20) at Rock Creek Park.....

See the attached email from Bill Butler.

Begin forwarded message:

> From: William Butler 
> Subject: RCP Birds, Oct. 20, Monday
> Date: October 20, 2014 at 12:49:55 PM EDT
> To: Wallace Kornack 
> Reply-To: William Butler 
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> Cold, bright, little wind until later.
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> Maintenance Yard
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> Barred Owl-1
> Carolina Wren-7
> Cardinal-6
> Towhee-8
> Chickadee-6
> White-throated Sparrow-25+
> Robin-8
> White-breasted Nuthatch-5
> Red-bellied Woodpecker-4
> Downy Woodpecker-6
> Song Sparrow-10+
> Purple Finch-2
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet-12+
> Canada Goose-9
> Yellow-rumped Warbler-11
> Flicker-6
> Blue Jay-6
> Chipping Sparrow-25+
> Blue-headed Vireo-4
> Hairy Woodpecker-2
> American Crow-22
> Palm Warbler-2
> Golden-crowned Kinglet-1
> Yellow-bellied Sapsucker-3
> Goldfinch-2
> Magnolia Warbler-2
> Black-throated Blue Warbler-1
> Swainson's Thrush-1
> Catbird-1
> House Wren-1
> Winter Wren-1
> Grackle-5
> Tufted Titmouse-5
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> Dog Run
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> Fish Crow-1 
> Blue Jay-8
> Towhee-2
> Field Sparrow-1
> Downy Woodpecker-1
> Song Sparrow-15+
> White-throated Sparrw-25+
> Gold Finch-1
> Yellow-rumped Warbler-3
> Cardinal-4
> Blue-headed Vireo-1
> Red-bellied Woodpecker
> Chipping Sparrow-10+
> Phoebe-1
> Starling-8
> Tufted Titmouse-1
> Pileated Woodpecker-1
> Mockingbird-1
> Red-shouldered Hawk-1
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet-1
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> Judy and I covered the waterfront 7-10:15 AM
> Towhee-2
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Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Golden-crowned Kinglet

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Subject: Broad Creek Waterfowl PG County
From: Mark Rositol <mrositol510 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:45:05 -0700 (PDT)
On my way to work, I took 15 minutes to check to see if waterfowl numbers are 
picking up. Looks like it is starting to do just that. Canada Goose 200+ 

American Black Duck 2
Mallard 9
Wood Duck 5
Northern Shoveler 8
Blue-winged Teal 2
Green-winged Teal 1 (male)
Northern Pintail 1 (male)
Ruddy Duck 14 
Pied-billed Glebe 3
American Coot 4

Mark Rositol
Fort Washington,  MD

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Subject: new yard bird and cool sighting at Turkey Point
From: Patricia Valdata <pvaldata1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:47:22 -0400
I am so happy to have a Blue-headed Vireo in my yard for the first time
today! It is exploring the shrubs in front of the house and was just in the
witch hazel outside my office window, about five feet away. The naked-eye
view made me realize how small they actually are--they always look big in
binoculars, don't they? (Just had a White-breasted Nuthatch, Carolina
Chickadee, and Eastern Phoebe in that tree at the same time.)

Also, John Taylor was our counter at the Turkey Point Hawk Watch, and
shortly after 8:00 a.m. (45 minutes before I got there, unfortunately for
me!) he had a flyover ANHINGA! That was a great start to a great morning,
with 147 birds total in 4.5 hours, and a visit from Scales 'n' Tails and a
group of visitors led by ranger Jeanette Thayer.

Pat Valdata
Elkton, MD

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Subject: Rarity Roundup! - Saturday, 11/15
From: "'Bill Hubick' via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 03:12:50 -0700
Hi Everyone,

The Rarity Roundup - the best weekend of the Maryland birding year - will be 
held on Saturday, November 15th. 


It is now the 15th year of the Rarity Roundup, and we're as excited as ever to 
see what rare birds are discovered during the event. 


WHERE: All of Worcester County, Maryland.

WHY THIS COUNT? Worcester County is indisputably the most productive county in 
Maryland, and early November is the best time to search for fall vagrants. 


HOW: Contact Bill Hubick (bill_hubick AT yahoo.com), Mark Hoffman 
(wcbirding AT gmail.com), and Matt Hafner (hafner.matt AT gmail.com). Include your 
cell phone number and any preferences on territories. We'll try to accommodate, 
but preference is given to the team that covered a territory the previous year. 


WHAT IS IT: The event is organized similar to any formal bird count, but with 
one main exception. Our primary goal is to detect and document rare species. If 
a mega-rarity is found during the count, all participants are encouraged to 
abandon their territories and give chase. Sunday is reserved for the more 
expected rarities and additional searching. Sighting data is maintained between 
years, and all participants will be harassed to report their observations to 
eBird. Hopefully we'll also be sending reports to the MD/DCRC. 


Google Map of Territories:
http://tinyurl.com/6yrgna

TALLY RALLY: We'll meet to tally birds and trade war stories over good food and 
fermented drink. Details to follow. 


Hope you can join us!

Good birding!

Bill

Bill, Mark, and Matt
 
Bill Hubick

Pasadena, Maryland
bill_hubick AT yahoo.com
http://www.billhubick.com
http://www.marylandbiodiversity.com
http://www.facebook.com/MarylandBiodiversity

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Subject: Rock Creek Park, Sunday 10/19/14
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace AT kornack.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 21:38:00 -0400
This morning (10/19) at Rock Creek Park.......

See attached email from Bill Butler.

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC

Begin forwarded message:

> From: William Butler 
> Date: October 19, 2014 at 6:30:20 PM EDT
> To: Wallace Kornack 
> Subject: RCP Birds Sun., Oct. 19
> Reply-To: William Butler 
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> Cloudy, cold, and very windy.
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> Maintenance Yard
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> Towhee-6
> Hermit Thrush-3
> Mourning Dove-3
> White-throated Sparrow-10+
> Carolina Wren-5
> Blue-headed Vireo-2
> Robin-7
> Cooper's Hawk
> Golden-crowned Kinglet-2
> Song-Sparrow-6
> Palm Warbler-2
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet-18
> Purple Finch-2
> Chipping Sparrow-2
> Turkey Vulture-2
> Sharp-shinned Hawk
> Yellow-rumped Warbler-1
> Blue Jay-7
> Chimney Swift-1
> Starling-1
> Downy Woodpecker-2
> American Crow-6
> Red-bellied Woodpecker-3
> Chickadee-3
> Tufted Titmouse-2
> Cardinal-4
> Red-tailed Hawk-1
> Kestrel-1
> Common Yellow-throat-2
> Swamp Sparrow-1
> Ring-billed Gull-1
> Junco-1
> Flicker-2
> Harrier-1
> Catbird-1
> Swainson's Thrush-1
> White-breasted Nuthatch-2
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Subject: Clay-colored Sparrow at Pt. Lookout, 10/19
From: "'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 18:27:33 -0700
Mikey Lutmerding texted that he had found a Lincoln's Sparrow in the brushy 
area north of the picnic area at Pt. Lookout State Park. LISP is solidly a 
county nemesis bird for us and remains so. 



We arrived at the north end of the picnic area around 11 and found zero 
sparrows of any flavor. As we worked our way closer to the paths toward the 
fort where there is heavy brush, I spied a sparrow near the river but on the 
east side of a gravel driveway of the last house on the Potomac side. Hoping it 
was a LISP, we looked at it and our initial thought was Clay-colored. After 
looking at the photos, we were a bit leery thinking it looked a bit like a 
Chipping Sparrow. We sent Mikey a couple of pix and he confirmed CCSP. The bird 
vanished while we were looking for it and wasn't there when we returned to our 
car so it may have left or could stick around. Who knows. Although it's a nice 
St. Mary's County bird, we saw one eons ago at Pax NAS so it wasn't even a 
county bird ;) See attached cropped photo. 


 
Tyler Bell
jtylerbell AT yahoo.com
California, Maryland

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Subject: Coots, Grebes, Eagle: C&O Canal, Great Falls
From: Donald Sweig <skybirds.d AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 21:16:58 -0400
I spent about an hour on the C&O canal at Great Falls, mostly on the concrete 
water intake platform. I found a raft of about 25 or 30 (FOS) American Coots; 
also four Pied-billed Grebes. As I was leaving, I had an adult Bald Eagle 
making nice little circles in the bright sunshine, against the clear blue sky, 
right over the parking lot. 

   All so very nice.
    Donald Sweig
     Falls Church, Virginia

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Subject: Coots, Grebes, Eagle: C&O Canal, Great Falls
From: Donald Sweig <skybirds.d AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 21:16:58 -0400
I spent about an hour on the C&O canal at Great Falls, mostly on the concrete 
water intake platform. I found a raft of about 25 or 30 (FOS) American Coots; 
also four Pied-billed Grebes. As I was leaving, I had an adult Bald Eagle 
making nice little circles in the bright sunshine, against the clear blue sky, 
right over the parking lot. 

   All so very nice.
    Donald Sweig
     Falls Church, Virginia

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Subject: Ruddy Ducks at MLK Pond in Colesville, MD
From: "'Elda Banks' via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 16:21:27 -0700
Today at about 4:00 pm I saw one male and one female Ruddy Duck at Martin 
Luther King Pond in Colesville, MD. Also present were 5 Mallards- 4 male and 1 
female, 40 Canada Geese, and one Great Blue Heron. 


Elda Banks
Colesille
SilverSpring, MD

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Subject: Patterson Park
From: Taylor McLean <mcleant11 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 15:58:34 -0400
Really nice numbers this morning at Patterson Park for October migrants.
Orange-crowned Warbler was the highlight. Seen from the west side of the
boardwalk by the pond

Patterson Park, Baltimore, US-MD
Oct 19, 2014 8:40 AM - 11:40 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
38 species

Mallard  X
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Black Vulture  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk  2
Ring-billed Gull  1
Mourning Dove  1
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  4
Eastern Phoebe  18     good fallout numbers
Blue-headed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  3
Fish Crow  2
Carolina Chickadee  1
Tufted Titmouse  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Brown Creeper  1
House Wren  5
Winter Wren  6
Golden-crowned Kinglet  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  14
Hermit Thrush  9
American Robin  1
Gray Catbird  3
Northern Mockingbird  4
Orange-crowned Warbler  1      photos at
https://www.flickr.com/photos/taylor_mclean/15389908868/  (and following)
Palm Warbler  5     2 Yellow; 3 Western
Yellow-rumped Warbler  7
Eastern Towhee  9
Chipping Sparrow  28     I group of 20 and others in smaller numbers
Field Sparrow  4
Song Sparrow  17
Swamp Sparrow  2
White-throated Sparrow  34
White-crowned Sparrow  3
Dark-eyed Junco  6
Northern Cardinal  2
Common Grackle  4

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20278038

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Towson, MD
mcleant11 AT gmail.com

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Subject: Re: Golden Eagle?!
From: Kojo Baidoo <baidookojo6 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 11:35:19 -0700 (PDT)
Sorry, I am posting this from my phone and had many typos.

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Subject: Fourth Annual Assateague Sage Thrasher Hunt - 10/25/2014
From: robert housten <squashfly AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 18:18:50 +0000
Well, it is time again for the 3rd best day of the year for 
Worcester County birding...the Fourth Annual Sage Thrasher Hunt!  We 
need your help!   The more people we have searching, the better the 
chances of finding a Sage Thrasher or some other spectacular rarity!  
This is an Assateague Island only count.   Assateague will be divided 
into territories just like the Christmas Bird Count and the Rarity 
Roundup.  Please let us know if you plan come so territories can be 
coordinated and remember ANYTHING can show up on Assateague at the end 
of October!!!

BACKGROUND:
One
 of the rarest western vagrants to the East Coast of the United States, 
from the arid sage-covered lands of the interior west, the Sage Thrasher
 has been recorded one time in Maryland - October 24, 1971 (Rowlett 
1971), on Assateague Island, in the area around the BORDER between the 
northern edge of the State Park and National Seashore (roughly the end 
of the Shell Road).  In those days, this was an area of dense scrub 
thickets.
There are several additional late-fall records for the Atlantic seaboard (by 
year): 

Barnegat, New Jersey, 27 Nov 1949
Shinnecock Inlet, New York, 18 Oct 1958
Plum Island, Massachusetts, 26 Oct 1965
Chincoteague NWR, VA, 10 Oct 1985
Spring Lake , New Jersey, 30 Oct 1990
Sandy Hook, New Jersey, 20-21 Oct 2009
The
 vast majority of records fall in a narrow window during the latter part
 of October, and have occurred very close to the immediate coast.  
Hence, the effort is to get a team of people looking for this species in
 the proper habitat and at the proper time of year.
I have
 always been concerned that potential declines in the species' 
population would lessen the potential for a vagrant record, but was 
pleased by the 2009 record from New Jersey.  Hope lives!!
We will trying again on this coming Saturday, October 25th.
The Habitat
As
 we know, migrants often tend to occur in habitat with at least 
morphological similarities to their nesting or wintering areas.  Hence, 
the thickets of myrtle and bayberry between the dune line and the wooded
 hammocks and marsh of Assateague would appear to be the best areas to 
search.
The Plan
Assateague has been divided
 into a group of sectors, and folks will be assigned to parties and 
sectors like a CBC.  Bird records will be kept by sectors/eBird 
hotspots.
We will coordinate by meeting at the traditional
 Bayside Point for the "dawn flight", where I will hand out maps.  If 
folks want to go straight to their area, that is ok with me, but let me 
know and I can email the maps.
Email me privately if you 
are interested in participating, there are more details that I will go 
be going into; also let me know if you have an OSV pass.  Of course, 
this is a great time of year for other western vagrants as well.
Good birding,Mark Hoffman and Scott Housten 		 	   		  

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Subject: Golden Eagle?!
From: Kojo Baidoo <baidookojo6 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 10:51:23 -0700 (PDT)
I recently had a bird that I believe was a GOLDEN EAGLE come through while 
hawkwatching in the yard. The raptor was all dark, with nape feathers that 
appeared to be golden. It did not hold it's eh gs in a dihedral and did not 
rock in the wind. Tail was not seen clearly and size was not determined; bird 
was to far off. 


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Subject: Cromwell Valley Park
From: Georgia McDonald <gmcdonald2006 AT verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 11:14:32 -0400
Best birds were 5 winter wrens, blue-headed vireo, palm warbler, 
rose-breasted grosbeak, first-of-season ruby-crowned kinglets & fos 
hermit thrush.

Turkey vulture
Belted kingfisher
Red-bellied woodpecker
Downy woodpecker
Yellow-bellied sapsucker
Northern flicker
Eastern phoebe
Blue-headed vireo
Blue jay
American crow
Carolina chickadee
Tufted titmouse
White-breasted nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Winter wren (5!!)
Ruby-crowned kinglet  (lots)
Eastern bluebird
Hermit thrush
American robin
Gray catbird
Northern mockingbird
European starling
Palm warbler (yellow-eastern)
Eastern towhee
Chipping sparrow
Savannah sparrow
Song sparrow
Northern cardinal
Rose-breasted grosbeak
American goldfinch

Georgia McDonald          Towson, Balt Co

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Subject: Masonville Cove & former Backyard HawkWatch, 10/18/14
From: Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 10:03:58 -0400
10/18/14 – 7am-205pm

Masonville Cove, Baltimore, MD



WEATHER: PC/MC, 53-69 degrees, W 3 mph- WNW 12 mph, Gust to 18

OBSERVERS: 15



Canada Goose – 16 (including single flock of 14 flyby ESE)

Mallard – 56

Northern Shoveler – 11

Lesser Scaup – 1

Ruddy Duck – 4

Pied-billed Grebe – 5

Double-crested Cormorant – 62

Great Blue Heron – 16

Black-crowned Night Heron – 2 (adult & immature)

Black Vulture – 9 (2, 3, 2, 2)

Turkey Vulture – 41 (2, 2, 1, 12, 1, 6, 9, 8)

Osprey – 1 (Migrants)

Bald Eagle – 11 (8 adults, 3 immature, 10 were migrants)

Sharp-shinned Hawk – 11 (10 migrants, 1 local)

Cooper’s Hawk – 1 (migrants)

Red-shouldered Hawk – 2 (one each local and migrants)

Red-tailed Hawk – 3 (Migrants)

American Kestrel – 11 (Migrants)

American Coot – 2

Killdeer – 5

Dunlin – 1

American Woodcock – 1

Laughing Gull – 6

Ring-billed Gull – 66

Herring Gull – 9

Great Black-backed Gull – 8

Caspian Tern – 3

Rock Pigeon – 1

Mourning Dove – 20

Chimney Swift – 9

Belted Kingfisher – 2

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker – 2

Downy Woodpecker – 1

Northern Flicker – 7 (including 5 during dawn flight)

Eastern Phoebe – 4

American Crow – 4

Carolina Wren – 1

Golden-crowned Kinglet – 1

American Robin – 3 (including two during dawn flight)

Gray Catbird – 1

Northern Mockingbird – 4

European Starling – 55

Common Yellowthroat – 2

Palm Warbler – 5

Yellow-rumped Warbler – 1

Chipping Sparrow – 2

Song Sparrow – 29

Swamp Sparrow – 2

White-throated Sparrow – 2

Northern Cardinal – 2

Red-winged Blackbird – 1

Eastern Meadowlark – 1 (dawn flight)

House Finch – 14

American Goldfinch – 2

SPECIES: 54      INDIVIDUALS: 561



MAMMALS: Red Fox – 1



BUTTERFLIES: Cabbage White – 1, Orange Sulphur – 6, Red Admiral – 2,
Question Mark – 1, Monarch – 36



**Hours of Operations (Must sign in before enter the conservation area)

  -Monday to Friday  11am to 4pm

  -Saturday 9am to 1pm

  -Sunday: CLOSED, no access




10/18/14 – 3pm-4pm (near site of my formerl backyard hawkwatch)

Hilltop Ridge – hawkwatch site, Fairwood Ave/White Ave, Baltimore, MD



WEATHER: MC, 66-64 degrees, WNW 11 mph- WNW 12 mph, Gust to 18



Canada Goose – 12 (single flock flyby SE)

Common Loon – 1 (flyover SE)

Turkey Vulture – 13 (Migrants)

Bald Eagle – 2 (Migrants)

Sharp-shinned Hawk – 6 (Migrnats)

Cooper’s Hawk – 1 (Migrants)

Red-shouldered Hawk – 1 (Migrants)

Red-tailed Hawk – 6 (Migrants)

American Kestrel – 1 (Migrants)

Merlin – 1 (Migrants)

Chimney Swift – 3 (Migrants)

Downy Woodpecker – 1

Northern Flicker – 2 (Migrants)

Blue Jay – 3 (Migrants)

American Crow – 2

Carolina Chickadee – 1

Tufted Titmouse – 2

American Robin – 6 (Migrants)

European Starling – 2

Palm Warbler – 1 (western)

Yellow-rumped Warbler – 2 (Migrants)

White-throated Sparrow – 2

Northern Cardinal – 1

House Finch – 4 (single flock migrating)

House Sparrow – 2

SPECIES: 25     INDIVIDUALS: 78


     Kevin Graff
     Jarrettsville, MD
     KeyWeststyle2001 AT gmail.com

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Subject: Interesting Kingfisher Behavior
From: "Jim Wilson" <wlsngang AT verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 09:17:02 -0400
I went to the wharf in Centreville on Saturday morning. As soon as I got out of 
the car, I heard Kingfishers rattling. There were 2 of them flying around the 
wharf and then they landed on wires above the bridge. They never stopped their 
rattle. They were 2 males sitting about 5 feet apart and for the next 45 
minutes they rattled to each other. It was not the harsh rattle that I 
typically hear when Kingfishers are flying around. It was a bit softer and it 
was nearly continuous. Every 10 minutes or so they would fly up and around a 
bit and return to the wires. Sometimes they would end up 20 or 30 feet apart on 
the wires but they eventually got closer to each other ... and they kept up the 
rattle. Two Cooper’s Hawks flew really close by, one chasing the other. The 
Kingfishers never moved nor stopped rattling. 

I walked the boardwalk to the platform in the middle of Millstream Creek. A 
Greater Yellowlegs flew in. Then I heard more Kingfishers coming from a 
different direction. This time it was a female and and one I could not get a 
bead on to see if it was male or female. They flew around a bit and then headed 
back upstream. The two on the wires never moved and never stopped their rattle. 
When I left they were still there and still being very noisy. 

Kingfishers are a regular at Millstream. I assume these four birds were part of 
a family. 

Jim Wilson
Queenstown

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Subject: Rose-breasted Grosbeak and Meadowlarks
From: "Jim Wilson" <wlsngang AT verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 07:02:58 -0400
I also had a Rose-breasted Grosbeak on Friday on Wye Island near the Boy Scout 
camping site. 


The highlight of the Wye Island trip was the Meadowlarks. As you exit the woods 
before the bridge and enter the fields of the Black Angus center, the field to 
the right had at least 40 Eastern Meadowlarks. There were multiple birds 
singing at the same time. When they would roam out of the taller grass and face 
into the sun, their yellow breasts almost sparkled . A truly great experience. 


Jim Wilson
Queenstown

From: Tim Houghton 
Sent: Saturday, October 18, 2014 8:56 PM
To: mdbirding AT googlegroups.com 
Subject: [MDBirding] RE: Ches.Audubon Field Trip, Mount Pleasant Farm, 10/18/14

PS--I forgot to mention the Rose-Breasted Grosbeak atop a tree with a Robin and 
Cedar Waxwing--near the bridge to the swale. It's considered by eBird to be 
rare/late right now; it wasn't on the eBird checklist, which is why I forgot it 
earlier. Thanks to Denis Muller for spotting it. Thanks to everyone for 
spotting birds--a good group effort this morning! 


Tim Houghton
(Glen Arm) 

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Subject: Re: Hawkwatch in DC
From: Martin Sneary <mvsneary AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 19:42:38 -0700 (PDT)
Birds were still moving in the afternoon...

The back of the house affords clear views to Fort Reno (highest point in DC), 
and from around 4.40pm I spent 1.5 hrs scouring the skyline for birds, turning 
up the following: 


Great Northern Diver (Common Loon) 1
Black Vulture 4 (all together)
Turkey Vulture 26 (7+2+3+4+2+8)
Sharp-shinned Hawk 4
Cooper's Hawk 3 (2 behaved like local birds)
Merlin 1
Hawk sp 4
Chimney Swift 30

Also, plenty of Monarchs (20+), at times being blown quite fast across the sky!

Martin

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Subject: Merlin: C&O Canal at Great Falls
From: Donald Sweig <skybirds.d AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 21:30:36 -0400
I did a short raptor watch on the C&O Canal at Great Falls between about four 
and five this afternoon. I had what appeared to be a migrating Merlin at about 
4:20. Otherwise, I had five Red-tailed hawks, two Sharp-shinned hawks, and an 
Osprey. 

   Donald Sweig
   Falls Church, Virginia

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Subject: Fred Archibald Audobon Sanctuary - 18 Oct 2014
From: Joseph Costa <jscjr64 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 21:28:50 -0400
Fred Archibald Audubon Sanctuary, Frederick, US-MD
Oct 18, 2014 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments:  63 degrees, mostly sunny; Audobon Society bird walk
27 species

Canada Goose  4
Black Vulture  4
Turkey Vulture  5
Osprey  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk  3
Bald Eagle  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  2
Eastern Phoebe  2
Blue Jay  17
Tree Swallow  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
House Wren  2
Carolina Wren  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Eastern Bluebird  2
Gray Catbird  1
Northern Mockingbird  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler  6
Eastern Towhee  1
Chipping Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  14
Lincoln's Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  2
Common Grackle  20


Joe Costa
Mount Airy, MD
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Subject: RE: Ches.Audubon Field Trip, Mount Pleasant Farm, 10/18/14
From: Tim Houghton <thoughton AT loyola.edu>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 00:56:25 +0000
PS--I forgot to mention the Rose-Breasted Grosbeak atop a tree with a Robin and 
Cedar Waxwing--near the bridge to the swale. It's considered by eBird to be 
rare/late right now; it wasn't on the eBird checklist, which is why I forgot it 
earlier. Thanks to Denis Muller for spotting it. Thanks to everyone for 
spotting birds--a good group effort this morning! 


Tim Houghton
(Glen Arm)
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From: mdbirding AT googlegroups.com [mdbirding AT googlegroups.com] on behalf of Tim 
Houghton [thoughton AT loyola.edu] 

Sent: Saturday, October 18, 2014 4:20 PM
To: mdbirding AT googlegroups.com
Subject: [MDBirding] Ches.Audubon Field Trip, Mount Pleasant Farm, 10/18/14

A beautiful day, especially earlier in the morning before the wind picked up, 
for the congenial participants. Nothing super awesome but we found plenty of 
nice birds; we also did not find a number of expected migrants, such as 
yellow-bellied sapsucker. Overall, the birding was fairly active a good deal of 
the time. We had 51 species. Probably Lincoln's Sparrow was our bird of the day 
b/c of the fantastic and lengthy views we had. Beautifully marked and 
colored--and the head, close up, in sunlight, is crisp and unique, subtly 
colored. 


Other nice birds: osprey, pileated, bald eagle, raven, winter wren, BROWN 
CREEPER, black-throated-blue warbler, both kinglets, and at least EIGHT purple 
finches (2 male, 6 female). 


EBird: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20267773 .

Best Birding Wishes,

Tim Houghton
(Glen Arm)

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Subject: Rock Creek Park, Saturday 10/18/14
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace AT kornack.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 20:21:44 -0400
See the attached email from Bill Butler.
 
Wallace Kornack
Washington DC

Begin forwarded message:

> From: William Butler 
> Date: October 18, 2014 at 5:31:16 PM EDT
> To: Wallace Kornack 
> Subject: Birds at RCP 18 Oct., Sat.
> Reply-To: William Butler 
> 
> Cool, partly cloudy, windy only at Dog Run
> 
> Maintenance Yard
> 
> Carolina Wren-4
> Song Sparrow-3
> Towhee-2
> Blue Jay-50+
> Brown Thrasher-1
> American Crow-45+
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet-7
> Chickadee-5
> Winter Wren-1
> Chimney Swift-75+
> Robin-8
> Cardinal-7
> Downy Woodpecker-6
> Red-bellied Woodpecker-4
> Goldfinch-5
> Brown Creeper-1
> White-breasted Nuthatch-4
> Golden-crowned Kinglet-1
> Black-throated Green Warbler-1
> Tufted Titmouse-1
> Hairy Woodpecker-!
> Grackle-2
> Pileated Woodpecker-3
> Yellow-bellied Sapsucker-2
> Flicker-3
> Cowbird-2
> Sharp-shinned Hawk-4
> White-throated Sparrow-5
> Catbird-2
> House Finch-4
> Phoebe-3
> Kestrel-2
> Red-winged Blackbird-1
> Cooper's Hawk-1
> Yellow-breasted Chat-1
> House Sparrow-2 (parking lot)
> Turkey Vulture-1 (parking lot)
> 
> Birders:Holger, Rob, Greg, Marjorie, Martin, Hugh, Misha, and me
> 
> 
> Dog Run (only me) very windy
> 
> Towhee-2
> Cardinal-5
> Red-bellied Woodpecker-1
> White-throated Sparrow-20+
> Flicker-1
> Song Sparrow-3
> Chipping Sparrow-2
> House Finch-1
> Swamp Sparrow-1
> Red-shouldered Hawk-1
> 

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Subject: Falcon over Great Falls
From: Janet Millenson <janet AT twocrows.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 18:52:56 -0400
At about 5:30 p.m. today I glimpsed a good-sized falcon over the Tavern 
Visitor Center on the Maryland side of Great Falls, swooping about in 
the strong breeze. I wasn't able to make out many details, but the bird 
was definitely larger than a kestrel and appeared mostly brownish or tan 
underneath. Merlin is my best guess, given the lack of strong markings 
and the fact that in 2010 we had a Merlin appear not far from there on 
the Seneca CBC. And of course, "zooms off before you can get a really 
good look at it" is a well-known feature of Merlins!


Janet Millenson
Potomac, MD (Montgomery County)
janet AT twocrows.com
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Subject: Garrett Pine Siskins
From: "'Aaron Graham' via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 14:35:18 -0700 (PDT)
Hey all,
 While unsuccessfully looking for Orange-crowned Sparrows today, I had one or 
possibly two Pine Siskins flyover. Other highlights lncluded a Red-shouldered 
Hawk, a Tennessee Warbler, a Swamp Sparrow, and two Field Sparrow. 


I had a Northern Mockingbird fly up off the side of the road beside the 
cemetery on Underwood Road Wednesday night. I birded there Thursday night with 
a immature White-crowned Sparrow being the highlight. 


 The Siskins put my Garrett Big Year up to 204.

Good Birding,
Aaron Graham
Oakland, MD

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Subject: RE: American Avocets still in Greenbelt
From: "'andrew.clemens' via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 17:00:33 -0400
Avocets were still present at the Ora Glen sediment pond location at 4 PM. 
 They were nearer to the Hanover Pike side and appeared to be resting....heads 
tucked. 



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Date:10/18/2014 3:46 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: mdbirding AT googlegroups.com
Subject: [MDBirding] American Avocets still in Greenbelt
This is true. The avocets were there and active this morning. Adam Parr Takoma Park -- -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Group 'Maryland & DC Birding'. To view group guidelines or change email preferences, visit this group on the web at http://www.mdbirding.com Unfamiliar with a hotspot mentioned on this list? Quickly locate it here - http://www.mdbirding.com/hotspot.html -- -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Group 'Maryland & DC Birding'. To view group guidelines or change email preferences, visit this group on the web at http://www.mdbirding.com Unfamiliar with a hotspot mentioned on this list? Quickly locate it here - http://www.mdbirding.com/hotspot.html
Subject: Ches.Audubon Field Trip, Mount Pleasant Farm, 10/18/14
From: Tim Houghton <thoughton AT loyola.edu>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 20:20:45 +0000
A beautiful day, especially earlier in the morning before the wind picked up, 
for the congenial participants. Nothing super awesome but we found plenty of 
nice birds; we also did not find a number of expected migrants, such as 
yellow-bellied sapsucker. Overall, the birding was fairly active a good deal of 
the time. We had 51 species. Probably Lincoln's Sparrow was our bird of the day 
b/c of the fantastic and lengthy views we had. Beautifully marked and 
colored--and the head, close up, in sunlight, is crisp and unique, subtly 
colored. 


Other nice birds: osprey, pileated, bald eagle, raven, winter wren, BROWN 
CREEPER, black-throated-blue warbler, both kinglets, and at least EIGHT purple 
finches (2 male, 6 female). 


EBird: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20267773 .

Best Birding Wishes,

Tim Houghton
(Glen Arm)

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Subject: Re: Masonville 10/17/2014 and 10/18/2014
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 13:02:15 -0700 (PDT)
I forgot Dunlin!
This was scope-able from the campus area. Tricky to find in Baltimore off of 
Hart-Miller Island. 


Tim Carney
Canton, MD

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Subject: Masonville 10/17/2014 and 10/18/2014
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 13:01:25 -0700 (PDT)
Conducted an official census yesterday and led a birdwalk today as part of the 
Open House event. Pretty much the same birds overall, but many more raptors 
migrating today. Some highlights: 


DMCF (restricted access):
8 Northern Shovelers
2 Lesser Scaup
5 Ruddy Ducks
2 Pied-billed Grebes
1 American Coot
3 Caspian Terns
1 Lincoln's Sparrow

Campus/cove (public):
Raptors migrating including both vultures, both accipiters, Red-shouldered and 
Red-tailed Hawks, Bald Eagles, and an Osprey. 

1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Kevin and some others also found an American Woodcock.

Large numbers of Eastern Phoebes, Blue Jays, Golden-crowned Kinglets, and Palm 
Warblers were moving through both sections. 


Yesterday's list: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20257038
Kevin Graff has today's official list.

Tim Carney
Canton, MD

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Subject: American Avocets still in Greenbelt
From: Adam Parr <balaenopteron AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 12:46:23 -0700 (PDT)
This is true. The avocets were there and active this morning. 

Adam Parr
Takoma Park

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Subject: Come to the coast
From: Marcia Balestri <mebalestri AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 15:36:56 -0400
Birdcast says...

"Moderate to heavy flights, even very heavy in some locations (especially 
coastal locations), will be widespread across the region this weekend. These 
movements will include a high likelihood for morning flights after these 
significant nocturnal movements, so visit your favorite coastal or ridge line 
locations on Sunday and Monday mornings. Another substantial set of flights 
will occur early week, with moderate to heavy flights returning. This early 
week movement will include the interesting potential for fallouts and 
concentrations in coastal areas, as a disturbance offshore may meet migrants at 
or near the coast. These conditions continue for the duration of the period, 
making for particularly interesting birding from DelMarVa north into New 
England." 


The more eyes over here the better!
_____________________

Marcia Balestri
Worcester County, Maryland
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Subject: Juvenile yellow-bellied sapsucker
From: Suzanne Richman <suzanne_richman AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 14:45:59 -0400
Has been hanging around my backyard in sw Bethesda for a couple days. 

Suzanne 		 	   		  

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Subject: Hawkwatch in DC
From: Frank Hawkins <a.f.a.hawkins AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 12:39:33 -0400
I spent a couple of hours looking for raptors from just above Fletcher's
boatyard this morning. A good morning for small falcons, with 13 kestrels
and 4 merlins, and a late pulse of coopers hawks for a total of 17.
Surprisingly no peregrines. Also 3 late ospreys and 3 bald eagles. Three
tree swallows also of interest.

Frank Hawkins, DC

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Subject: Re: Patterson Park is inaccessible Sat 10/18
From: debrataylor11 AT gmail.com
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 09:17:39 -0700 (PDT)
On Saturday, October 18, 2014 6:27:14 AM UTC-4, Taylor McLean wrote:
> Dear Fellow Birders:
> 
> I was on my way to look for the Clay-colored Sparrow in Patterson Park today 
when my wife informed me that Eastern Avenue is totally blocked off today 
(10/18) due to the Baltimore Marathon. For those of you thinking that you can 
park further away and walk, think again. You may be stuck in traffic for a 
couple of hours. 

> 
> 
> 
> See you all on Sunday!
> 
> 
> 
> Good birding (else where)!!!!
> 
> 
> 
> Taylor Mclean
> 
> Towson, MD
> 
> mcleant11 AT gmail.com

Thanks so much for letting us know! Debbie Taylor

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Subject: American Avocets still in Greenbelt
From: Art Drauglis <lwsyrup AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 08:57:17 -0700 (PDT)
They're here now 
11:55

Art D
W DC

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Subject: American Avocets still in Greenbelt
From: Rob Hilton <rob.hilton.2010 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 08:54:33 -0700 (PDT)
Just as I am getting ready to head over there myself, I see on the eBird rare 
bird alert for Prince George's County that Adam Parr has just sighted the 
Avocets. 


Rob Hilton
Silver Spring

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Subject: DC
From: Hugh McGuinness <hdmcguinness AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 10:16:12 -0400
After several futile attempts to get to Hain's Pt (DC)--it was blocked at
all entry points as far as I could tell--I stopped at Constitution Gardens
Pond, where I found 1 Pied-billed Grebe, 1 American Wigeon and 4
Ring-necked Ducks.

I zipped up to the RCP Maintenance Yard, where the highlights were 6
Sharp-shinned Hawks, 1 American Kestrel and 1 Yellow-breasted Chat first
spotted by Bill Butler.

Hugh

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Subject: Patterson Park is inaccessible Sat 10/18
From: Taylor McLean <mcleant11 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 06:25:46 -0400
Dear Fellow Birders:
I was on my way to look for the Clay-colored Sparrow in Patterson Park today 
when my wife informed me that Eastern Avenue is totally blocked off today 
(10/18) due to the Baltimore Marathon. For those of you thinking that you can 
park further away and walk, think again. You may be stuck in traffic for a 
couple of hours. 


See you all on Sunday!

Good birding (else where)!!!!

Taylor Mclean
Towson, MD
mcleant11 AT gmail.com

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Subject: Re: Turkey Point Hawk Watch urgently needs observer tomorrow Oct 18
From: Patricia Valdata <pvaldata1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 23:36:54 -0400
Dave Kimball has volunteered to go out there tomorrow.
Pat

Pat Valdata
Elkton, MD

On Fri, Oct 17, 2014 at 6:04 PM, Matt Hafner  wrote:

> In case anyone was on the fence about this, it was 3 years ago today that
> Kim and I found a Bell's Vireo at Turkey Point.  Video of that bird is
> here:  https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=xf3gL5d4OMk
>
> Second state record found only 9 days after the first!
>
> I'll be mostly yard birding tomorrow, but I hope someone can make it out
> to Turkey Point!
>
> Matt Hafner
> Forest Hill, MD
>
> On Oct 17, 2014, at 4:48 PM, Patricia Valdata  wrote:
>
> Can anyone stop by the Turkey Point Hawk Watch in Cecil County tomorrow?
> We have no one scheduled and I think it will be a really good day. I would
> hate to miss out on that data.
>
> Thanks,
> Pat
>
> Pat Valdata
> Elkton, MD
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Subject: Re: New yard bird -- Peregrine Falcon, Bethesda, Mont. Co.
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 19:33:25 -0700 (PDT)
On Friday, October 17, 2014 1:59:24 PM UTC-4, Jim Nelson wrote:
> I was surprised yesterday afternoon when I walked out the front door and 
> saw a commotion to my left.  A Mourning Dove fell to the sidewalk about 50 
> feet away, and I saw a large raptor flying around above it which I quickly 
> determined was an immature Peregrine Falcon.  Apparently the falcon had hit 
> the dove but didn’t hold on.  I stayed back and the falcon circled a lot, 
> but never came down to claim its prey during the time I watched.  A first 
> in over thirty years of keeping track of birds seen in and from our small 
> suburban yard here in the D.C. suburbs!
> 
>  
> 
> Jim Nelson
> 
> Bethesda, MD

Great yard bird Jim!!

Rick Sussman
Woodbine,MD

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Subject: Re: Turkey Point Hawk Watch urgently needs observer tomorrow Oct 18
From: Matt Hafner <hafner.matt AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 18:04:08 -0400
In case anyone was on the fence about this, it was 3 years ago today that Kim 
and I found a Bell's Vireo at Turkey Point. Video of that bird is here: 
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=xf3gL5d4OMk 


Second state record found only 9 days after the first!

I'll be mostly yard birding tomorrow, but I hope someone can make it out to 
Turkey Point! 


Matt Hafner
Forest Hill, MD

> On Oct 17, 2014, at 4:48 PM, Patricia Valdata  wrote:
> 
> Can anyone stop by the Turkey Point Hawk Watch in Cecil County tomorrow? We 
have no one scheduled and I think it will be a really good day. I would hate to 
miss out on that data. 

> 
> Thanks,
> Pat
> 
> Pat Valdata
> Elkton, MD
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Subject: Turkey Point Hawk Watch urgently needs observer tomorrow Oct 18
From: Patricia Valdata <pvaldata1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:48:45 -0400
Can anyone stop by the Turkey Point Hawk Watch in Cecil County tomorrow? We
have no one scheduled and I think it will be a really good day. I would
hate to miss out on that data.

Thanks,
Pat

Pat Valdata
Elkton, MD

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Subject: Re: Greenbelt American Avocets continue
From: Karl Krueger <kruegerk54 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 11:24:17 -0700 (PDT)
I took my chances and they are still there. I got some great photos of them. At 
first they flew to the other side when I came, then they came back to me, 
sometimes being even too close for my lens. 


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Subject: New yard bird -- Peregrine Falcon, Bethesda, Mont. Co.
From: "Jim Nelson" <kingfishers2 AT verizon.net>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:59:23 -0400
I was surprised yesterday afternoon when I walked out the front door and saw a 
commotion to my left. A Mourning Dove fell to the sidewalk about 50 feet away, 
and I saw a large raptor flying around above it which I quickly determined was 
an immature Peregrine Falcon. Apparently the falcon had hit the dove but 
didn’t hold on. I stayed back and the falcon circled a lot, but never came 
down to claim its prey during the time I watched. A first in over thirty years 
of keeping track of birds seen in and from our small suburban yard here in the 
D.C. suburbs! 


Jim Nelson
Bethesda, MD

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Subject: JBWS Winter Waterbird Survey (including incidental 'land birds' )
From: Karen Caruso <karen.caruso AT verizon.net>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 10:01:22 -0700 (PDT)
Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, Anne Arundel, US-MD
Oct 16, 2014 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Winter Waterbird Survey
48 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  239
Wood Duck  39
American Black Duck  32
Mallard  37
Northern Pintail  113     
Green-winged Teal  1
Ruddy Duck  1
Pied-billed Grebe  3
Double-crested Cormorant  17
Great Blue Heron  3
Great Egret  15
Northern Harrier  3
Bald Eagle  5
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
peep sp.  6
Laughing Gull  76
Ring-billed Gull  23
Herring Gull  4
Mourning Dove  1
Belted Kingfisher  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  1
Carolina Chickadee  1
Tufted Titmouse  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Marsh Wren  2
Carolina Wren  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
Eastern Bluebird  1
Wood Thrush  1     
Gray Catbird  2
Brown Thrasher  1
Black-and-white Warbler  1      
Common Yellowthroat  1
Magnolia Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  3
Eastern Towhee  4
Song Sparrow  2
Swamp Sparrow  14
White-throated Sparrow  1
Red-winged Blackbird  600
Rusty Blackbird  6
Common Grackle  50

Next Survey:Thursday, Oct 23

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Subject: Rock Creek Park, Friday 10/17/14
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace AT kornack.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:09:58 -0400
This morning (10/17) at Rock Creek Park.....

See attached email from Bill Butler. 

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC

Begin forwarded message:

> From: William Butler 
> Date: October 17, 2014 at 11:28:33 AM EDT
> To: Wallace Kornack 
> Subject: RCP Birds Fri, Oct. 19
> Reply-To: William Butler 
> 
> Sunny, cool, windless, beautiful
> 
> Maintenance Yard ( Jim, and I ) 6:30-9:00AM
> 
> Towhee-5
> Carolina Wren-9
> American Crow-14
> Brown Thrasher-1
> White-breasted Nuthatch-7
> Yellow-bellied Sapsucker-1
> Chickadee-8
> Robin-4
> Ruby-Crowned Kinglet-15+
> Red-bellied Woodpecker-5
> Mourning Dove-1
> Phoebe-2
> Downy Woodpecker-2
> Chimney Swift-75+
> Catbird-4
> Flicker-2
> Black-throated Green Warbler-1
> Yellow-rumped Warbler-3
> Blue Jay-15+
> White-throated Sparrow-14
> Song Sparrow-5
> Chipping Sparrow-4
> Swamp Sparrow-1
> House Wren-2
> Grackle-1
> Goldfinch-2
> 
> Dog Run (only me), 9-9:30AM
> 
> Robin-4
> Blue Jay-4
> White-throated Sparrow-20+
> Towhee-4
> Phoebe-4
> Song Sparrow-8
> Swamp Sparrow-2
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet-1
> Cardinal-5
> Flicker-2
> Grackle-2
> Mourning Dove-2
> Downy Woodpecker-1
> Goldfinch-5
> White-breasted Nuthatch-1
> House Finch-1
> 
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Subject: Re: Clay-colored Sparrow at Patterson Park 10/16/2014
From: Richard Edden <richardedden AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 09:25:52 -0400
I believe we had it again this morning.
Not-great pics at:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/69777038 AT N06/14935305024/

Also, Orange-crowned Warbler, BT Green, Green Heron, 3 night-herons.

Richard Edden
Owings Mills MD

On Thu, Oct 16, 2014 at 5:43 PM, Tim Carney  wrote:

> There was a Clay-colored Sparrow with a large flock of Chipping Sparrows
> at Patterson Park this afternoon. The flock was in the community gardens
> but flew to the casino area. There were a few Field, White-throated, and
> Juncos in the flock as well.
>
> Other highlights: Eastern Wood-Pewee, Green Heron, Black-throated Green
> Warbler, Merlin.
>
> Checklist with photos:
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20250828
>
> Tim Carney
> Canton, MD
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Subject: Re: Greenbelt American Avocets continue
From: Karl Krueger <kruegerk54 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 05:51:42 -0700 (PDT)
Can someone report if the avocets are still there this morning?

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Subject: Lincoln's Sparrow still at Cromwell Valley Park
From: marian rutigliano <mcrutig AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 05:29:19 -0700
1 Lincoln's seen around stream and field to south of stream along Blue
Trail in Willow Grove area.

Marian Rutigliano
Towson

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Subject: Cromwell Valley Park, 10./14/14
From: Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 18:12:49 -0400
10/14/14 – 730am-1120am

Cromwell Valley Park—Willow Grove Farm, Baltimore Co., MD



WEATHER: MC, 65-71 degrees, SE 6 mph- SE 10 mph

OBSERVERS: 13



Canada Goose – 17 (12, 5)

Black Vulture – 1

Turkey Vulture – 4

Osprey – 1

Sharp-shinned Hawk – 2

Cooper’s Hawk – 1

Red-shouldered Hawk – 1

Red-tailed Hawk – 2

American Kestrel – 1

Merlin – 1

Peregrine Falcon – 1

Mourning Dove – 3

Chimney Swift – 2

Belted Kingfisher – 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker – 3

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker – 2

Downy Woodpecker – 3

Northern Flicker – 2

Eastern Wood-Pewee – 1

Eastern Phoebe – 2

Blue Jay – 16

American Crow – 2

Carolina Chickadee – 4

Tufted Titmouse – 8

White-breasted Nuthatch – 2

Brown Creeper – 1

Carolina Wren – 2

Winter Wren – 1

Ruby-crowned Kinglet – 10

Eastern Bluebird – 10

American Robin – 32

Northern Mockingbird – 2

Cedar Waxwing – 14

European Starling – 3

Black-and-white Warbler – 1

Blackpoll Warbler – 1

Yellow-rumped Warbler – 16

Palm Warbler – 1 (western)

Song Sparrow – 1

White-throated Sparrow – 4

Northern Cardinal – 4

Rose-breasted Grosbeak – 1

American Goldfinch – 8

SPECIES: 43




10/14/14 – 1005am-1055am

Cromwell Valley Park—Sherwood Farm, Baltimore Co., MD



WEATHER: MC, 68-70 degrees, SE 9 mph- SSE 9 mph

OBSERVERS: 13



Turkey Vulture – 2

Cooper’s Hawk – 1

Red-tailed Hawk – 1

Mourning Dove – 2

Chimney Swift – 3

Downy Woodpecker – 1

Northern Flicker – 2

Eastern Phoebe – 1

Blue Jay – 2

American Crow – 2

Carolina Chickadee – 2

Tufted Titmouse – 2

Carolina Wren – 1

Golden-crowned Kinglet – 1

Ruby-crowned Kinglet – 2

Eastern Bluebird – 7

American Robin – 2

Gray Catbird – 1

Northern Mockingbird – 1

European Starling – 6

Chipping Sparrow – 6

Field Sparrow – 1

Song Sparrow – 1

White-throated Sparrow – 2

Northern Cardinal – 2

House Finch – 4

American Goldfinch – 4

SPECIES: 27




10/14/14 – 1025am-1035am   **(New ebird hot spot)**

Cromwell Valley Park—Eck Farm, Baltimore Co., MD

(looking to W from Sherwood Farm Bridge)  sign says Talmar


WEATHER: MC, 69-70 degrees, SSE 9 mph

OBSERVERS: 12



Mourning Dove – 1

Chimney Swift – 1

Northern Flicker – 2

Blue Jay – 4

American Crow – 1

Ruby-crowned Kinglet – 1

Eastern Bluebird – 2

European Starling – 3

Chipping Sparrow – 7

Song Sparrow – 2

White-throated Sparrow – 10

Northern Cardinal – 1

Rose-breasted Grosbeak – 1

House Finch – 4

American Goldfinch – 6

SPECIES: 15


**Last Tues walk next week, then informal Tues walks late Oct to late Mar
to Loch Raven, Prettyboy, Irvine, Marshy Point....**


     Kevin Graff
     Jarrettsville, MD
     KeyWeststyle2001 AT gmail.com

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Subject: Clay-colored Sparrow at Patterson Park 10/16/2014
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 14:43:31 -0700 (PDT)
There was a Clay-colored Sparrow with a large flock of Chipping Sparrows at 
Patterson Park this afternoon. The flock was in the community gardens but flew 
to the casino area. There were a few Field, White-throated, and Juncos in the 
flock as well. 


Other highlights: Eastern Wood-Pewee, Green Heron, Black-throated Green 
Warbler, Merlin. 


Checklist with photos: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20250828

Tim Carney
Canton, MD

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Subject: Rock Creek Park, Thursday 10/16/14
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace AT kornack.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 15:38:35 -0400
This morning (10/16) at Rock Creek Park.......
See attached email from Bill Butler.

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC


Begin forwarded message:

> From: William Butler 
> Date: October 16, 2014 at 1:39:57 PM EDT
> To: Wallace Kornack 
> Subject: RCP Birds Thurs, Oct.18
> Reply-To: William Butler 
> 
> Dark, dank, misty, cool, and windless. I was the only one there.
> 
> Maintenance yard,7-9am:
> 
> Carolina Wren-10
> Cardinal-6
> Mourning Dove-5
> Song Sparrow-3
> Towhee-8
> Blue Jay-12+
> Robin-10+
> Downy Woodpecker-5
> American Crow-2
> Goldfinch-2
> Red-bellied Woodpecker-8
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet-10+
> Golden-crowned Kinglet-2
> Hairy Woodpecker-1
> Chickadee-9
> Yellow-bellied Sapsucker-1
> Blue-headed Vireo-1
> Flicker-3
> Phoebe-2
> Chimney Swift-100+
> Common Yellow Throat-1
> Pileated Woodpecker-3
> White-breasted Nuthatch-4
> Catbird-2
> White-throated Sparrow- 10+
> Grackle-2
> Swamp Sparrow-1
> Yellow-rumped Warbler-1
> 
> Dog Run-Rained out.

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Subject: Orange-crowned Warblers-Perryman Park (Harford Co.)
From: Mark Johnson <mj3151 AT outlook.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 14:27:07 -0400
There were two Orange-crowned Warblers in the weedy impoundment at Perryman 
Park this morning. The first was just past the top of the entrance ramp...look 
left, near a small clump of phragmites about 20-25 feet out from the railing. 
The second was farther around the path...head left after getting off the ramp, 
then continue until the path bends to the right. Just past the bend, the bird 
was moving between the willows and the patch of phrags just in front of them. 
There was also a Grasshopper Sparrow (near the first OCWA) among the zillions 
of Song Sparrows and scattered Swamp, Savannah, Field, and White-throated 
Sparrows. Still several Blue Grosbeak and Indigo Buntings around, too. 

 
Mark Johnson
Aberdeen
 		 	   		  

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Subject: Hart-Miller Island, 10/16/14
From: Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 09:39:45 -0400
10/13/14 – 710am-3pm

Hart-Miller Island, Baltimore Co., MD



WEATHER: Overcast, 60-62 degrees, ESE 3K- calm

OBSERVERS: Tom Feild, Kevin Graff, Randy Kimmett, Bob Ringler



Canada Goose – 318

Wood Duck – 12

Gadwall – 159

American Wigeon – 10

American Black Duck – 12

Mallard – 152

Blue-winged Teal – 6

Northern Shoveler – 281

Northern Pintail – 149

Green-winged Teal – 292

Greater Scaup – 1 (hen)

Lesser Scaup – 6

Ruddy Duck – 323

Common Loon – 1

Pied-billed Grebe – 6

Double-crested Cormorant – 35

American Bittern – 1

Great Blue Heron – 6

Northern Harrier – 2

Cooper’s Hawk – 1

Red-shouldered Hawk – 1

Peregrine Falcon – 3

American Coot – 49

Semipalmated Plover – 17

American Avocet – 3

Greater Yellowlegs – 13

Lesser Yellowlegs – 17

Sanderling – 1

Semipalmated Sandpiper – 37

Least Sandpiper – 5

White-rumped Sandpiper – 3

Peep - 15

Pectoral Sandpiper – 25

Dunlin – 6

Stilt Sandpiper – 19

Long-billed Dowitcher – 12 (3 at N Cell & photos of 9 w/ 3 Stilt Sandpipers
at S Cell)

Laughing Gull – 1

Ring-billed Gull – 10

Herring Gull – 9

Lesser Black-backed Gull – 1 (3rd W)

Great Black-backed Gull – 87

Caspian Tern – 121

Mourning Dove – 20

Chimney Swift – 8

Red-bellied Woodpecker – 1

Downy Woodpecker – 1

Northern Flicker – 2

Eastern Phoebe – 5

Tree Swallow – 1664

Carolina Chickadee – 1

Carolina Wren – 4

House Wren – 5

Marsh Wren – 1

Golden-crowned Kinglet – 4

Ruby-crowned Kinglet – 7

Gray Catbird – 1

Northern Mockingbird – 1

European Starling – 585

American Pipit – 11

Common Yellowthroat – 13

Chestnut-sided Warbler – 1

Palm Warbler – 8 (5 western, 3 yellow)

Yellow-rumped Warbler – 40

Eastern Towhee – 4

Chipping Sparrow – 23

Field Sparrow – 4

Savannah Sparrow – 16

Le Conte Sparrow – 1 (new island species #292)

Song Sparrow – 122

Swamp Sparrow – 70

White-throated Sparrow – 15

Northern Cardinal – 7

Red-winged Blackbird – 602

Brown-headed Cowbird – 18

Pine Siskin – 1

American Goldfinch – 3

SPECIES: 75      INDIVIDUALS: 5497



MAMMALS

Red Fox – 2



AMPHIBIANS

Fowler’s Toad – 1



BUTTERFLIES

Cabbage White – 1

Gray Hairstreak – 1

Common Buckeye – 1

Monarch – 26



MOTHS

Ailanthus Webworm Moth – 2

Isabella Tiger Moth – 1 (Woolly Bear)


        Kevin Graff
        Jarrettsville, MD
        KeyWeststyle2001 AT gmail.com

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Subject: Rock Creek Park, Wednesday 10/15/14
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace AT kornack.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 22:16:57 -0400
Attached is an email from Bill Butler reporting on the birds seen at RCP. He 
will continue sent such lists until I return from West Virginia next Tuesday. 
Many thanks to Bill. 


Wallace Kornack
Washington DC

Begin forwarded message:

> From: William Butler 
> Date: October 15, 2014 at 2:19:46 PM EDT
> To: Wallace Kornack 
> Subject: RCP Wed., Oct. 15
> Reply-To: William Butler 
> 
> Dark, rain showers, clearing later, very strong wind from South. Jim and I 
saw or heard: 

> 
> Maintenance Yard
> 
> Carolina Wren-6
> Cardinal-7
> Amer. Crow-2
> Robin-4
> Blue Jay-6
> White-throated Sparrow- 15
> Phoebe-3
> Red-belllied Woodpecker-3
> Coopers Hawk
> Catbird-2
> Downy Woodpecker-2
> Common Yellowthroat- 2
> Blue-headed Vireo-i
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet-3
> White-breasted Nuthatch-2
> Junco-1
> Towhee-1
> Red-shouldered-Hawk-1
> 
> Dog Run
> 
> Blue Jay-2
> Robin-4
> Chickadee-2
> Mourning Dove-3
> Cardinal-3
> Tufted-Titmouse-1
> Song Sparrow-5
> White-throated Sparrow-14
> Chipping Sparrow-5
> House Wren-1
> Phoebe-1
> Catbird-1
> Downy Woodpecker-1
> Red-bellied Woodpecker-1
> Flicker-1
> 
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Subject: Greenbelt American Avocets continue
From: Kye jenkins <kyebird54 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 14:21:08 -0700 (PDT)
Still present as of 1030am this morning,Kye jenkins

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Subject: Common Raven at CCBC Catonsville
From: "JCDLMARTIN via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 22:01:12 -0400
Today around 1:00 PM I was standing in a parking lot at the CCBC  
Catonsville campus, talking with my son Eric (it happened to be his 23rd 
birthday). 

The weather was changing quickly and I found my attention diverted to  the 
sky, where bunches of Black and Turkey Vultures were rising in the thermals,  
and a small group of crows was in active harassment mode around the library 
 building. Then I heard the rattling croak -- the object of their attention 
was a  COMMON RAVEN. For the next minute or two the chase continued around 
the  buildings, and at one point the Raven flew directly over our heads. 
Playing the  dad I pointed out the long, wedge-shaped tail and the much larger 
size as  identifying marks; Eric said "yeah, and the really big bill." Made 
my day.
 
Joel Martin
Catonsville, MD

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Subject: Fwd: DC Area, 10/14/2014
From: lydiaschindler AT verizon.net
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 16:58:06 -0500 (CDT)




Subject: Good raptor movement today
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 14:04:05 -0700 (PDT)
Between staining and spraying furniture today, I spent some time on my "hawk 
bench", since the skies looked very promising. Although winds were from the SE 
mostly, there was enough upper-air turbulence to get things moving. I saw the 
following species, all moving SW across/above the yard; 


Sharp-shinned Hawk 14+
Cooper's Hawk 5
accipiter sp.4
Osprey 1  AT 12:20
Bald Eagle 2 adults (possibly a third or one circling back) 1:30, 1:37, 1:50 
(?) 

Northern Harrier, gray ghost male, 2:50
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Turkey Vulture +++
Black Vulture 1

Chimney Swift 12+
Northern Flicker 15+
Blue Jay 36+
Palm Warbler 4 eastern, 1 western
Eastern Phoebe 2
House Wren

Plus many of the regular yard birds.

Rick Sussman
Woodbine,MD

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Subject: Re: PUFI at feeders
From: Frank Marenghi <frank_marenghi AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 12:13:38 -0700 (PDT)
Yesterday (10/13) I also came home to two Purple Finches visiting the feeder in 
Annapolis (male and female). Several other new migrants in the yard as well 
including Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Blue-headed Vireo, Hermit and Swainson's 
Thrushes, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, and an E. Wood-Pewee in addition to the more 
expected species. 


Frank Marenghi
Annapolis, MD

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Subject: Greenbelt American Avocets continue
From: Rob Hilton <rob.hilton.2010 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 11:46:38 -0400
The 4 American Avocets at the Ora Glen Stormwater Pond in Greenbelt, Prince
George's County, were present at 10:45 this morning.

Rob Hilton
Silver Spring

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Subject: Re: Pt. Lookout flycatcher
From: "'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 05:59:29 -0700
Thanks to Matt and Kevin for their responses. Jane's initial thought was 
juvenile pewee (based on buffy wingbars) but I'm always making the quantum leap 
to something juicier so went for empid instead. Guess I'd better bone up on 
flycatchers next fall! 


 
Tyler Bell
jtylerbell AT yahoo.com
California, Maryland


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 From: Matt Hafner 
To: James Tyler Bell  
Cc: MDbirding Birding  
Sent: Monday, October 13, 2014 11:07 PM
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Pt. Lookout flycatcher
 


Tyler,

Between the dark head, dark wings, lack of eyering, and dark chest, I don't see 
anything wrong with Pewee. From what I can see of the wingbars, they are buffy 
which indicates a juvenile. Dark mandibles are not uncommon on juvenile Pewees. 


Matt Hafner
Forest Hill, MD



On Oct 13, 2014, at 10:17 PM, "'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding" 
 wrote: 



Jane Kostenko and I were down at Pt. Lookout looking vainly, yet again, for our 
county lifer Lincoln's Sparrow. It was drizzling to softly raining the whole 
time we were there and when we first entered the picnic area, it was drizzling 
pretty steadily. Lighting conditions were challenging. Jane saw a flycatcher 
land in some tangles then it flew north landing in the top of a dead snag then 
it flew off to the north where we lost it. It was facing us each time it landed 
and we were never able to see primary projection. Of course, it never 
vocalized. The general giss as well as the broad based bill with the dark tip 
made us think empid and not pewee. I'll be the first to admit that I'm 
Empidonax challenged so we'd appreciate any help anyone can offer for an ID! 

>
> 
>Tyler Bell
>jtylerbell AT yahoo.com
>California, Maryland
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Subject: RE: Broadford Lake tonight
From: Jim Green <jkgbirdman53 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 04:58:24 -0700
Hi Aaron:
Congrats on breaking the 200 milestone...impressive !!!

Jim

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Subject: [MDBirding] Broadford Lake tonight
Good Birding,
Aaron Graham
Oakland, MD

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Subject: Re: Pt. Lookout flycatcher
From: Matt Hafner <hafner.matt AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 23:07:36 -0400
Tyler,

Between the dark head, dark wings, lack of eyering, and dark chest, I don't see 
anything wrong with Pewee. From what I can see of the wingbars, they are buffy 
which indicates a juvenile. Dark mandibles are not uncommon on juvenile Pewees. 


Matt Hafner
Forest Hill, MD

> On Oct 13, 2014, at 10:17 PM, "'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding" 
 wrote: 

> 
> Jane Kostenko and I were down at Pt. Lookout looking vainly, yet again, for 
our county lifer Lincoln's Sparrow. It was drizzling to softly raining the 
whole time we were there and when we first entered the picnic area, it was 
drizzling pretty steadily. Lighting conditions were challenging. Jane saw a 
flycatcher land in some tangles then it flew north landing in the top of a dead 
snag then it flew off to the north where we lost it. It was facing us each time 
it landed and we were never able to see primary projection. Of course, it never 
vocalized. The general giss as well as the broad based bill with the dark tip 
made us think empid and not pewee. I'll be the first to admit that I'm 
Empidonax challenged so we'd appreciate any help anyone can offer for an ID! 

>  
> Tyler Bell
> jtylerbell AT yahoo.com
> California, Maryland
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Subject: Pt. Lookout flycatcher
From: "'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 19:17:05 -0700
Jane Kostenko and I were down at Pt. Lookout looking vainly, yet again, for our 
county lifer Lincoln's Sparrow. It was drizzling to softly raining the whole 
time we were there and when we first entered the picnic area, it was drizzling 
pretty steadily. Lighting conditions were challenging. Jane saw a flycatcher 
land in some tangles then it flew north landing in the top of a dead snag then 
it flew off to the north where we lost it. It was facing us each time it landed 
and we were never able to see primary projection. Of course, it never 
vocalized. The general giss as well as the broad based bill with the dark tip 
made us think empid and not pewee. I'll be the first to admit that I'm 
Empidonax challenged so we'd appreciate any help anyone can offer for an ID! 


 
Tyler Bell
jtylerbell AT yahoo.com
California, Maryland

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Subject: Re: PUFI at feeders
From: Fred Fallon <fwfallon AT ymail.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 21:00:03 -0400
We too had Purple Finches - yesterday 1 male; today 2 brownies. Also in the 
yard today our FOS sapsucker and junco along with Palm Warbler, Ruby-crowned 
Kinglet and many Myrtles. 


Fred and Jane Fallon
Huntingtown


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On Oct 13, 2014, at 12:01 PM, Warblerick  wrote:

> Just now, around noon, in light rain, I looked out and saw at least 2 
"brownie" Purple Finches at the feeders. One very heavily marked (streaked), 
the other not as much. 

> 
> Rick Sussman
> Woodbine,MD
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Subject: Swan Harbor this morning 10/13
From: Matt Hafner <hafner.matt AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 19:50:47 -0400
Alicia Farrell, Josh Emm, and I birded Swan Harbor this morning in the mist.

Both impoundments were very birdy with lots of Song, Swamp, and Savannah 
Sparrows, both Palm Warblers, and many Ruby-crowned Kinglets. 


Highlights:
COMMON RAVEN - photographed headed south, now my 4th in a month !!!
Vesper Sparrow - east side of new impoundments
Lincoln's Sparrows - several in the new impoundments
White-crowned Sparrows - adult and imm in the new impoundment, though Chris 
Starling told me he had 4 

Eastern Wood-Pewee - in the willows of the new impoundments, getting late
Red-eyed Vireo - getting late
American Redstart - getting late
Blackpoll Warblers - 2 in the south hedgerow
Little Blue Heron - 2 continuing juveniles in the marsh impoundment

On my way home, I saw a Tennessee Warbler at the Forest Lakes wetland and there 
was a Black-throated Green Warbler in my yard. 


Good day to be out!

Matt Hafner
Forest Hill, MD

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Subject: Swan Creek 10/13/2014
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 16:49:55 -0700 (PDT)
Copied from my eBird checklist:

Official census conducted from 8:30-15:00. I did a loop of the DMCF, went down 
to the wetlands and back, went halfway down the powerline, through the building 
complex and back to Bronson, scanned the DMCF a second time from the flagpole, 
and checked the wetlands a second time. Misty/foggy with occasional light rain; 
this kept the raptors hunkered down (no vultures) but retained a lot of 
migrants. More sparrows than I've ever seen, particularly up and down the 
powerline. Chimney Swifts swarming like crazy and were always in view 
regardless of where I stopped. Highlights: White-rumped Sandpiper, Blue-headed 
Vireo, Nashville Warbler, Lincoln's Sparrow. Most bizarre miss: American 
Goldfinch. 


80 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  6
American Wigeon (Anas americana)  1
American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)  3
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  24
Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors)  7
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 216 Flagged as high count. 163 in north cell 
and 53 in south cell. 

Green-winged Teal (American) (Anas crecca carolinensis) 301 Flagged as high 
count. 159 in north cell and 142 in south cell. 

Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris)  1
Greater Scaup (Aythya marila)  1
Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis)  4
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)  328
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)  1
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  40
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  5
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) 2 Flagged as high count. Both simultaneously in 
view in the tidal inlet. 

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)  2
Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)  1
Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola)  2
Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus) 3 Flagged as high count. Three 
simultaneously in view along the north cell near the flagpole. 

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)  21
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius) 2 Flagged as late. No photo. Stocky 
sandpipers; brownish-gray above; white below with black spots; bobbing up and 
down as they walked; meadowlark-like flight consisting of short bursts of stiff 
wingbeats. Both were on the far shore of the south cell. 

Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca)  2
Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes)  22
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla)  6
White-rumped Sandpiper (Calidris fuscicollis) 2 Flagged as late. Both were on 
the close shore of the north cell, just in front of the flagpole. One was a 
nonbreeding adult (very grayish) and the other was a juvenile (so rufous that I 
originally wanted to call it a Western). 

Pectoral Sandpiper (Calidris melanotos)  2
Semipalmated Sandpiper (Calidris pusilla) 19 Flagged as high count. Careful 
count of birds in north cell. There were 3 along the close shore (near the 
flagpole) and then 16 more on the far shore. 

Laughing Gull (Leucophaeus atricilla)  5
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  54
Herring Gull (American) (Larus argentatus smithsonianus)  20
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)  4
Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia) 8 Flagged as high count. Eight simultaneously 
in view on the spit in the north cell. 

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon))  1
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  12
Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica) 190 Flagged as high count. Swarming all over 
the majority of the site, occasionally dipping down into the cells when the 
rain hit. I estimated ~20 over the cells, ~40 over the buildings, ~60 over the 
upland woods (highest concentration), ~30 over the retention ponds, and ~40 
over the powerline. 

Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  8
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)  1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  4
Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) (Colaptes auratus auratus/luteus)  7
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)  1
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)  20
Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius)  1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  14
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  4
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  5
Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)  5
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)  2
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon) 14 Flagged as high count. Everywhere. Exact 
count of all individuals I encountered. 

Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris)  3
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)  9
Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa)  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  19
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  51
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  11
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)  9
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  167
Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia)  1
Nashville Warbler (Oreothlypis ruficapilla)  1
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 17 Flagged as high count. Everywhere. 
Exact count of all individuals I encountered. Probably a lot more hidden in the 
reeds along the powerline. 

Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia)  1
Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens)  1
Palm Warbler (Western) (Setophaga palmarum palmarum)  2
Palm Warbler (Yellow) (Setophaga palmarum hypochrysea)  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) (Setophaga coronata coronata)  16
Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)  9
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)  3
Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla)  6
Savannah Sparrow (Eastern) (Passerculus sandwichensis [savanna Group])  1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  123
Lincoln's Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii) 3 Flagged as high count. One along the 
CSX powerline and two more in the building complex area. 

Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana)  69
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  96
White-crowned Sparrow (Eastern) (Zonotrichia leucophrys leucophrys)  1
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) (Junco hyemalis hyemalis/carolinensis)  3
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  17
Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea)  2
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  83
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)  1
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  5

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Tim Carney
Canton, MD

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Subject: Broadford Lake tonight
From: "'Aaron Graham' via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 15:58:17 -0700 (PDT)
Good Birding,
Aaron Graham
Oakland, MD

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Subject: Broadford Lake tonight
From: "'Aaron Graham' via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 15:57:35 -0700 (PDT)
Hey all,
 I birded Broadford Lake Park tonight. The Highlight was a SNOW GOOSE among the 
many Canada Gesse. While walking past the beach it actually came up on the 
beach and I got great looks. To bad I didn't have my camera! Other decent 
waterfowl included 17 Ruddy Ducks, 1 Pied-billed Grebe, and 6 American Coots. 
Passerine Highlights included 3 Eastern Bluebirds and 1 Eastern Phoebe foraging 
on the opposite of the dam, and a Golden-crowned Kinglet along the walking 
trail. 


Tonight at the house I had both Kinglets and A Yellow-rump. Yesterday included 
many highlights including 2 Yard Birds; Belted Kingfisher and Swamp Sparrow. 
They raised my yard list to 109. I also had Dark-eyed Juncos, 16 White-throated 
Sparrows, a Winter Wren, 3 Black-throated Greens, 4 Yellow-rumps, a Tennessee, 
8 migrating Sharp-shinned, a Cooper's Hawk, a Ruffed Grouse, and 65 flyover 
Canada Geese. A great day to spend out in the yard. 


My Garrett Big Year is up to 202 with 2 White-crowned Sparrows at Finzel last 
Friday being the latest. 


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Subject: Coopers Hawk
From: Samuel Miller <srmiller2022 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 18:09:04 -0400
Coopers Hawk (Both adult and juvenile) still present at School of the
Incarnation in Gambrills. Possibly residential as I have seen them quite
frequently in the past two months. They commonly come out and sun
themselves on the power lines for anyone looking for a nice picture!

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Subject: Irvine Nature Center, active, 10/13/14
From: Tim Houghton <thoughton AT loyola.edu>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 22:00:29 +0000
A foggy/misty/drizzly/light-rainy morning but still very enjoyable time at 
Irvine, and the birds were active. Got 9 sparrow species and other nice birds. 
54 species. 


My favorites:

1. Northern Harrier (2)
2. Sharp-Shinned Hawk (1)
3. Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker (1)
4. Hairy Woodpecker (1)
5. Blue-Headed Vireo (1)
6. Winter Wren (1)
7. Warblers: Yellowthroat (6), B-T Blue (4), Palm (18), Y-Rumped (7), B-T Green 
(1) 

8. Sparrows: Chipping (9), Field (20+), Savannah (2+), Song (35+), LINCOLN'S 
(5), 

 Swamp (20), White-Throated (20+), WHITE-CROWNED (3, imm.), Junco (2) 

9. PURPLE FINCH (5+, female)

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20223674

Best Birding Wishes,

Tim Houghton
(Glen Arm)

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Subject: Re: Up the Anacostia, DC
From: Martin Sneary <mvsneary AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 12:46:57 -0700 (PDT)
Over lunch little of note on the water, but still a good assortment of 
landbirds, including: 


Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Merlin
Peregrine
Eastern Phoebe
Golden-crowned Kinglet (3)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (2)
Common Yellowthroat
Magnolia Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Palm Warbler (6)
Pine Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler (4)
Black-throated Green Warbler (2)
Eastern Towhee (3)
Chipping Sparrow (3)
Song Sparrow (14+)
Lincoln's Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow (10+)
White-crowned Sparrow

Martin

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Subject: Re: Re: PUFI at feeders
From: "'John Canoles' via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 14:06:38 -0400
I have had one purple finch (also female/immature) at my feeders in Kingsville 
for a couple days. Hanging with a small flock of house finches. 








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

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



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From: Warblerick 
To: mdbirding 
Sent: Mon, Oct 13, 2014 12:47 pm
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: PUFI at feeders


On Monday, October 13, 2014 12:01:54 PM UTC-4, Warblerick wrote:
> Just now, around noon, in light rain, I looked out and saw at least 2 
"brownie" Purple Finches at the feeders. One very heavily marked (streaked), 
the 

other not as much.
> 
> Rick Sussman
> Woodbine,MD

3 now, all brownies. 12:45

R. Sussman

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Subject: Cromwell Valley Nature Center
From: Taylor McLean <mcleant11 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 13:28:22 -0400
Two Lincoln's Sparrows was the highlight to this quick visit to Cromwell
Valley. Also, both kinglet's and many yellow-rumped w.

Cromwell Valley Park, Baltimore, US-MD
Oct 13, 2014 7:50 AM - 9:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
31 species (+1 other taxa)

Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Downy Woodpecker  4
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  3
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  7
American Crow  4
Carolina Chickadee  4
Tufted Titmouse  3
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
House Wren  2
Winter Wren  1
Carolina Wren  5
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  6
American Robin  15
Gray Catbird  6
Northern Mockingbird  1
Cedar Waxwing  1
Common Yellowthroat  2
Palm Warbler  0
Palm Warbler (Western)  1
Palm Warbler (Yellow)  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  18
Eastern Towhee  2
Field Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  11
Lincoln's Sparrow  2
Swamp Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  8
Northern Cardinal  9
American Goldfinch  2

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

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Towson, MD
mcleant11 AT gmail.com

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Subject: Up the Anacostia, DC
From: Hugh McGuinness <hdmcguinness AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 13:10:39 -0400
The prospect of gray skies and rain impelled me in the direction of Hain's
Point, DC, this morning. In the pre-sunrise glaoming, I spotted 4 HORNED
GREBES looking as if they had just landed after getting off the red-eye
flight. Later, I would spot a fifth by National Airport. Three groups of
Ruddy Ducks, comprising an e-bird-flagging total of 24 individuals were
scattered on different parts of the river. Four NORTHERN SHOVELER, always a
good find in DC, remained slightly downriver until a monster powerboat
flushed everything. Three American Coots were dilly-dallying around the
National Airport shore, as were 2 Caspian Terns.

Since I wanted to get to Kenilworth Park (KP), I could not give the
landbirds at the point enough time but still managed to find 2 Peregrines,
2 Kestrels, 2 Pine Warblers, 1 White-crowned Sparrow, and an accommodating
Purple Finch that remained perched and calling until I could get Michael
Bender over to see it. By this time Paul Pisano had called with news of a
Vesper Sparrow at KP, so I scuttled off.

I found the VESPER SPARROW soon after my arrivel at KP along the dirt
two-track that leads from the parking area to the track, and later added
another farther north in the field. A BLUE GROSBEAK was spinking in the
background. Palm Warblers were everywhere, and so was a good sized flock of
sparrows. Highlights included 4 Savannah Sparrows, 2 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS and
a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW. Paul had told me he thought he had flushed a MARSH
WREN and I soon found that as well. Adam Parr found a Black-and-white
Warbler, which I came upon eventually. At least two male Kestrels seem to
be hanging out in the meadow. I was unable to find the EASTERN MEADOWLARKS
and the AMERICAN PIPITS Paul had seen earlier.

The marsh beyond Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, as viewed from KP contained
many Wood Ducks, but also 3 Green-winged Teal and a female Hooded
Merganser. The only bad news of the day was that obligations called me
home, and I had to leave before I could explore all of that marvelous
place.

Hugh

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Washington, D.C.

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