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25 Oct Clay-colored Sparrow, Assateague SP [Michael Ostrowski ]
25 Oct Greenbelt American Avocets are gone [Rob Hilton ]
25 Oct Siskins in Montgomery County ["Tom Stock" ]
25 Oct Sunset Park, OC, MD [Suzanne Richman ]
25 Oct Beltsville American Avocets are gone [Rob Hilton ]
25 Oct Merlin v. Bat (sp.) [Thomas Harten ]
25 Oct Golden eagle over fort Reno DC [Frank Gmail ]
25 Oct Wharf Rd PG County Brant [Mark Rositol ]
25 Oct Nice flight occuring [Hugh McGuinness ]
25 Oct Non-local topic: ABA "Counting Rules" changes [Phil Davis ]
24 Oct Patuxent River Park (PG) Vesper Sparrow [jugbayjs ]
24 Oct purple finches [jfstup ]
24 Oct RE: Irvine Nature Center [Tim Houghton ]
24 Oct Milltown Landing - possible Clay-colored [jugbayjs ]
24 Oct Black-Billed Cuckoo at Cromwell Valley Park- Blue Trail [Kimberlee Swift ]
24 Oct Orange-crowned Warbler + Sparrows at Patterson Park Baltimore [Jared Fisher ]
24 Oct Irvine Nature Center []
24 Oct Re: Black-Billed Cuckoo at Cromwell Valley Park- Blue Trail [Warblerick ]
24 Oct Black-Billed Cuckoo at Cromwell Valley Park- Blue Trail [Nikki DeBraccio ]
24 Oct Mall birds, 10/24 [Jim Felley ]
24 Oct Re: Wheaton Regional Park today addendum ["Gail B. Mackiernan %3Ckatahdinss%40comcast.net%3E" ]
24 Oct Wheaton Regional Park today ["Gail B. Mackiernan %3Ckatahdinss%40comcast.net%3E" ]
24 Oct Re: Tundra Swan Observations Needed (juvenile/adult ratio) [George Jett ]
24 Oct Rock Creek Park, Friday 10/24/14 [Wallace Kornack ]
24 Oct Recent arrivals [Warblerick ]
23 Oct JBWS Winter Waterbird Survey (Rusty Blackbirds, Belted Kingfisher, Northern Pintail) [Karen Caruso ]
23 Oct Re: Hermit Thrushes [David Greenspoon ]
23 Oct Hermit Thrushes ["Gail B. Mackiernan %3Ckatahdinss%40comcast.net%3E" ]
23 Oct Rock Creek Park, Thursday 10/23/14 [Wallace Kornack ]
23 Oct Orange-crowned Warbler at Gwynns Falls Trail [Matt Hafner ]
23 Oct Marcia's Montgomery Merlin [Don Simonson ]
23 Oct Re: New yard bird -- Peregrine Falcon, Bethesda, Mont. Co. [Don Simonson ]
23 Oct Tundra Swan Observations Needed (juvenile/adult ratio) []
23 Oct Spotted Sandpiper at Paper Mill Flats []
23 Oct Re: New Bird Book/Bird Fatalities revist ["Gail B. Mackiernan %3Ckatahdinss%40comcast.net%3E" ]
23 Oct Tundra Swan Observations Wanted (Juvenile/Adult Ratio) []
23 Oct Re: Surf Scoters at Hanlon Park []
23 Oct Surf Scoters at Hanlon Park [Heidi Trasatti ]
22 Oct Re: New Bird Book/Bird Fatalities revist [Marcia Balestri ]
22 Oct New Bird Book/Bird Fatalities revist ["Bonnie Ott" ]
22 Oct Surf Scoters at Hanlon Park [Keith Eric Costley ]
21 Oct Ho Co (11 sparrows) ["Bonnie Ott" ]
21 Oct RE: Orange-crowned Warbler refound [Tim Houghton ]
21 Oct RE: Orange-crowned Warbler refound [Tim Houghton ]
21 Oct Cromwell Valley Park & Loch Raven, 10/21/14 [Kevin Graff ]
21 Oct Orange-crowned Warbler refound []
21 Oct Bird hit ["MICHAEL L. SMITH" ]
21 Oct Rock Creek Park, Tuesday 10/21/14 [Wallace Kornack ]
21 Oct Horned Grebe-Harford Co. [Mark Johnson ]
21 Oct Orange crowned warbler at cromwell valley park. []
21 Oct Poplar Island 10/20/2014 [Tim Carney ]
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" ]

Subject: Clay-colored Sparrow, Assateague SP
From: Michael Ostrowski <birdmath AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 19:29:45 -0400
Hi all,
    For today's Sage Thrasher Hunt I covered the northern portion of
Assateague SP. The highlight was a Clay-colored Sparrow along the path
leading to the blind near the end of Shell Road. The bird was associating
with a flock of juncos and a few other sparrows. Other highlights were
several White-crowned Sparrows and an Oranged-crowned Warbler.

Mike Ostrowski
Derwood, Md

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Subject: Greenbelt American Avocets are gone
From: Rob Hilton <rob.hilton.2010 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 19:24:33 -0400
Sorry, that should have been Greenbelt in my original message, not
Beltsville.

Rob Hilton
Takoma Park

On Sat, Oct 25, 2014 at 2:24 PM, Rob Hilton 
wrote:

> I was there an hour ago and failed to see them.  The birds were there for
> over two weeks, so it was time for them to go, I guess.
>
> Rob Hilton
> Silver Spring, MD
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Subject: Siskins in Montgomery County
From: "Tom Stock" <altomomatic AT verizon.net>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 16:42:47 -0400
While hiking along Northwest Branch today in Montgomery County, had a large 
flock (20-25) of Pine Siskins a mile or so upstream from Colesville Road. They 
were quite noisy. 


Tom Stock
Silver Spring MD

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Subject: Sunset Park, OC, MD
From: Suzanne Richman <suzanne_richman AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 16:27:19 -0400
I was surprised to find a plethora of monarchs (around 40 or so in an hour's 
time) and several birds I wasn't expecting to see in Ocean City: ruby-crowned 
and golden-crowned kinglet, a (possible hermit) thrush, junco, songbird, robin, 
many sparrows zooming by that I couldn't get id'd in time. Definitely worth a 
trip if you are in the area. 


This park is in the most southwest part of OC.

Suzanne 		 	   		  

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Subject: Beltsville American Avocets are gone
From: Rob Hilton <rob.hilton.2010 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 14:24:59 -0400
I was there an hour ago and failed to see them.  The birds were there for
over two weeks, so it was time for them to go, I guess.

Rob Hilton
Silver Spring, MD

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Subject: Merlin v. Bat (sp.)
From: Thomas Harten <tjharten1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 13:25:22 -0400
I was at my son's baseball practice, a mile or so east of the Jug Bay
Wetland Sanctuary in A.A County when I had the opportunity to watch a
merlin attempt to make a meal of some type of bat.  The chase went on for
what seemed to be about a minute.  I never saw the outcome, but the last
view I had was of the merlin flying away above the treetops.

The encounter took place around 11:30 this morning on a crystal clear day,
so I'm not sure what the bat was doing out at this hour.  The bat appeared
extremely pale brown with almost a reddish color to it.

I felt lucky to watch the encounter (not sure the bat felt the same way)!

Tom Harten
Owings, MD

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Subject: Golden eagle over fort Reno DC
From: Frank Gmail <a.f.a.hawkins AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 12:30:37 -0400
At 12.25.  Subadult 

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Subject: Wharf Rd PG County Brant
From: Mark Rositol <mrositol510 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 07:55:59 -0700 (PDT)
About half way out looking towards the right slightly. A dark water patch. 

Mark Rositol
Fort Washington, MD

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Subject: Nice flight occuring
From: Hugh McGuinness <hdmcguinness AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 09:09:17 -0400
I didn't get out into my yard until after 8am, but there was a nice, slow,
steady trickle of migrants heading southwest here in American University
Park. Highlights included 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, 1 imm Tennessee
Warbler, 4 Purple Fnches, 1 PINE SISKIN & 5 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS.

Hugh

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Washington, D.C.

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Subject: Non-local topic: ABA "Counting Rules" changes
From: Phil Davis <pdavis AT ix.netcom.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 04:32:12 -0400
Hi MDBirders:

This is a one-time posting of a non-local topic ...

Many members of this group are also American Birding Association 
(ABA) members. The ABA just issued some changes to their "counting" 
rules for those of us that play the list ing "game" ...

I won't repeat the exact rule changes, but some summary highlights 
include the following:

o You can now count exotic species from populations that you observed 
earlier but were later extirpated and removed from the ABA checklist. 
So, if you saw them  during their time, you can now count the famous 
Vancouver Crested Mynas (yea!) even though they are now long-gone. 
(Presumedly this also applies to the long-gone Louisiana Black 
Francolins.) This rule may also come into play in the future as (if?) 
some of the Florida exotics die out (Spot-breasted Oriole, Budgie, 
Red-whiskered Bulbul, etc.)

o The ABA changed their native reintroduced species (NRI) rule so 
that you can now count extirpated species that have been 
reintroduced, such as California Condor and Aplomado Falcon, once 
they again start hatching in the wild.

o They changed a rule that codifies the old bird tour adage, "Did you 
see that bird well enough for me to count it?" The answer can now be, "Yes."

o Several changes were made that deal with exactly how you can count 
released banded and rehabilitated birds.

o You can now also ("legally") count recorded birds, such as during 
night flight observations, as long as you were present when the 
recording was made.

o The ABA Recording Standards and Ethics Committee is currently 
wrestling with the challenge of counting exotics that are newly added 
to the ABA Checklist (for example, Rosy-faced Lovebirds) and the 
committee will report soon.

The current report and full rules details are here ...

 
http://blog.aba.org/2014/10/news-from-the-aba-reording-standards-and-ethics-committee-supplemental.html 


Excuse me, but I'm now off to the Grand Canyon to find and count the 
California Condors that I missed in the California Santa Ynez 
Mountains in 1988 ...

Since this is a non-local topic, it is probably be best to not reply 
to the group ...

Enjoy!

Phil

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Subject: Patuxent River Park (PG) Vesper Sparrow
From: jugbayjs <JugBayJS AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:32:04 -0700 (PDT)
This evening I went back out for an hour, to look for sparrows or an 
Orange-crowned Warbler at Selby's Landing area of Patuxent River Park. There 
was a large group of Boy Scouts but they seemed to be mostly occupied with 
putting up their tents and thankfully were relatively quiet. 


I found a nice mix of field birds including sparrows and pipits, but the 
overall number of birds present was pretty low compared to where I was birding 
at Milltown in the morning. Seems the big haul of birds from last nights NW 
winds was not located here either! 


I was very excited to find a Vesper Sparrow; easily the best bird of the day. 
They can probably be located somewhere along the Patuxent in southern PG County 
annually (by someone with a lot of time to look for them!), but there are very 
few and I am always surprised and happy if I find one ... it made my day! 


Cheers-
Jeff Shenot
Croom MD.

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Subject: purple finches
From: jfstup <jfstup38 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:32:34 -0700 (PDT)
seem to be having a good fall for purple finches. am seeing them both at my 
house near damascus and at Little Bennett. 


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Subject: RE: Irvine Nature Center
From: Tim Houghton <thoughton AT loyola.edu>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:36:39 +0000
Thanks, Kevin, for posting.

A fun time at Irvine Nature Center this morning and early afternoon. Two nice 
warblers and 10 sparrow species, plus other nice birds. 


Best stuff:

--ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER (1, east side, small farthest north field, other side 
of marsh) 

--Nashville Warbler (1, parking lot)
--FOX SPARROW (1, the brush near camping area, a usual spot)
--White-Crowned Sparrow (6 immatures)
--Lincoln's Sparrow (1)
--Northern Harrier (1)
--Blue-Headed Vireo (1)
--Winter Wren (1)
--Hermit Thrush (2)
--Purple Finch (6 female/immature)
--both kinglets
--10 sparrow species

EBird: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20324558 .

Best Birding Wishes,

Tim Houghton
(Glen Arm)

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Subject: [MDBirding] Irvine Nature Center

Tim Houghton just had a orange crowned warbler nashville warbler and fox 
sparrow at Irvine. - Kevin Graff. 


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Subject: Milltown Landing - possible Clay-colored
From: jugbayjs <JugBayJS AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:48:56 -0700 (PDT)
I stayed near home and went to Milltown to look for sparrows and an 
Orange-crowned this morning. It held "a few" sparrows (only 7 spp.) but was not 
as birdy as hoped for. I thought the NW winds would have been more productive 
last night, and they may have been, but if so the birds dropped elsewhere. 
Birds did not seem to be conspicuously abundant here, and this was confirmed 
when I saw Frode's report from Jug Bay (AA Co.) and he definitely was into them 
there, so it was a good morning to be out. 


I found what I think was a hatch-year (im.) Clay-colored Sparrow. It was in one 
of the fields near the parking area, along with about 35 other sparrows, all 
feeding relatively cautiously. They all seemed quite jumpy to me, as if someone 
or something had spooked them recently. 


It was one of the last birds to get up as I walked the field edge, and came out 
of thick cover and perched briefly (about 5 seconds) before taking off. I wish 
I could have had a longer look, that just wasn't enough for me to be 
comfortable with reporting it as CCSP for sure. 


First impression in flight was a Chippie, but that went away quickly when it 
perched. It landed facing directly away from me, and right away I saw it had a 
pale nape that was more light brown than gray; a brown and gray streaky head 
but I did not notice any white on it; and for me the best mark was a good look 
at its rump, which was not gray and the brown did not contrast with the rest of 
its brown back. This should be enough for an id, and was pretty convincing, but 
as soon as it began turning toward me it flushed, kind of all in the same 
motion. I never saw whether it had a plain or streaked belly, and never got a 
good look at its supercilium or eyeline. And I have no picture. 


I tried to relocate it but it got lost in the dense weeds and did not come back 
up, despite my attempts to pish it, and request to the bird gods to let me have 
one more look! Oh well. 


Jeff Shenot
Croom Md

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Subject: Black-Billed Cuckoo at Cromwell Valley Park- Blue Trail
From: Kimberlee Swift <crickettoshpiper AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:30:41 -0700 (PDT)
Great shot of the Lincoln's and BHVI!! 

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Subject: Orange-crowned Warbler + Sparrows at Patterson Park Baltimore
From: Jared Fisher <Jared.Fisher AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:27:36 -0400
Excuse the brief message. Birded patterson from 7:30 to 8:45. Early on I
had a (the?) Orange-crowned Warbler respond to emphatic pishing down by the
boardwalk. The park was also loaded with sparrows (300+) In order by
numbers: White-throated, Chipping, Song, Junco, Field, White-crowned,
Lincoln's. Wouldn't be surprised if another Clay-colored went unnoticed.


Jared Fisher
Bethesda, MD

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Subject: Irvine Nature Center
From: keyweststyle2001 AT gmail.com
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:15:41 -0400




Subject: Re: Black-Billed Cuckoo at Cromwell Valley Park- Blue Trail
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:12:38 -0700 (PDT)
On Friday, October 24, 2014 1:02:51 PM UTC-4, Nikki DeBraccio wrote:
> On my way out of the park, I noticed a large bird low in a small tree. I put 
my bins on it and saw it drop to the ground. That's when I shot this 
not-so-good picture. 

> 
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/nikkirae204/15617742262/in/photostream/ 
> 
> It appears to be a immature Black-Billed Cuckoo. It was on the left side of 
Minebank Run (Blue Trail) if you are traveling back towards Willow Grove. It 
did fly away (towards the creek, probably across it) and I was unable to 
relocate. I did not try very hard though as I had to go. 

> 
> Another nice bird was a Lincoln's Sparrow in the newly mowed path parallel to 
Minebank Run. 

> 
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/nikkirae204/15430916787/
> 
> And a Blue-Headed Vireo. 
> 
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/nikkirae204/15431322630/

Nice find! Getting late for a Black-billed Cuckoo.

Rick Sussman
Woodbine,MD

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Subject: Black-Billed Cuckoo at Cromwell Valley Park- Blue Trail
From: Nikki DeBraccio <nikki.debraccio AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:02:51 -0700 (PDT)
On my way out of the park, I noticed a large bird low in a small tree. I put my 
bins on it and saw it drop to the ground. That's when I shot this not-so-good 
picture. 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/nikkirae204/15617742262/in/photostream/ 

It appears to be a immature Black-Billed Cuckoo. It was on the left side of 
Minebank Run (Blue Trail) if you are traveling back towards Willow Grove. It 
did fly away (towards the creek, probably across it) and I was unable to 
relocate. I did not try very hard though as I had to go. 


Another nice bird was a Lincoln's Sparrow in the newly mowed path parallel to 
Minebank Run. 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/nikkirae204/15430916787/

And a Blue-Headed Vireo. 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/nikkirae204/15431322630/ 



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Subject: Mall birds, 10/24
From: Jim Felley <jdfelley AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:49:34 -0700 (PDT)
A walk around the Lincoln Monument and the Tidal Basin showed me the following 
new arrivals: 

 Dark-eyed juncoes and White-throated sparrows are on the Mall. Their little 
chirps were everywhere. 

 The north winds brought in some water birds. The pond at Constitution Gardens 
had several Ring-necked ducks, a male American Wigeon and a Pied-billed Grebe. 

 At the FDR Memorial, lots of kinglets (Golden-crowned where the ones I saw) 
and a Brown Creeper. 

 By the way, if you are on the Mall, be aware that the National Park Service 
has restarted their 'get off my lawn' project, and the only places to cross 
between the Smithsonian Castle and the Natural History Museum are on the 7th St 
sidewalk or the walk from the Smithsonian metro. They even have blocked the 
gravel path along the grass! 


   Jim

Jim Felley
Gaithersburg, MD

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Subject: Re: Wheaton Regional Park today addendum
From: "Gail B. Mackiernan %3Ckatahdinss%40comcast.net%3E" <katahdinss AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:09:40 +0000 (UTC)
Hi -- 

Forgot to include 5 Golden-crowned Kinglets, most foraging in bald cypress in 
Brookside Gardens... 


Gail 

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Subject: Wheaton Regional Park today
From: "Gail B. Mackiernan %3Ckatahdinss%40comcast.net%3E" <katahdinss AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:54:28 +0000 (UTC)
H all, 

After a week away in California, it was interesting to get back to WRP and see 
the changes. The day of the warbler is gone, the day of the sparrow is at 
hand...A tremendous increase in the common sparrows, and we had a few more 
interesting ones as well although could not dig up a Lincoln's for all our 
trying. The other big story was Hermit Thrushes -- eight together in one small 
fruiting bush in WRP, 3 together in Brookside Gardens in sour gum, and 3 
singles scattered elsewhere! Counting the 5 yesterday, more than we usually see 
in a year! Lots of kinglets, mostly Ruby-crowned, and a couple of bright 
Blue-headed Vireos. Don't know whether it was the wind, but common residents 
seemed thin on the ground: e.g. woodpeckers, titmice, modos... Not one warbler 
:-( 


Gail Mackiernan and Barry Cooper 
Colesville, MD 

Birds of interest: 

Oct 24, 2014 8:15 AM - 11:15 AM 

39 species (+1 other taxa) 

Wood Duck 7 
Great Blue Heron 1 
Cooper's Hawk 2 
Red-shouldered Hawk 2 
Belted Kingfisher 1 
Eastern Phoebe 1 
Blue-headed Vireo 2 
Blue Jay 12 
Tufted Titmouse 3 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 20 estimate; several flocks as well as singles throughout 
Eastern Bluebird X heard only fly-overs 
Hermit Thrush 14 An exact count; 8 in one fruiting bush in Park, three in sour 
gum in Gardens plus 3 singles in other locations. 

American Robin 25 estimate; all in Gardens feeding on holly and sour gum 
berries 

Eastern Towhee 4 
Chipping Sparrow 85 estimate; everywhere in WRP especially near white house 
where flock of about 65 observed on ground. 

Field Sparrow 5 
Song Sparrow 60 estimate; abundant throughout 
Swamp Sparrow 6 
White-throated Sparrow 70 estimate; abundant throughout 
White-crowned Sparrow 2 
Dark-eyed Junco 5 
Northern Cardinal 8 
House Finch 2 
American Goldfinch 8 

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Subject: Re: Tundra Swan Observations Needed (juvenile/adult ratio)
From: George Jett <gmjett AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:54:25 -0400
Larry 

Gwen & I heard Tundra Swans this morning in Lothian. They were some where north 
of our point. 


No count was possible, and it is not December.

George

Sent from my iPhone
George Jett

> On Oct 23, 2014, at 1:25 PM, larry.hindman AT maryland.gov wrote:
> 
> Each year during the month of December several Atlantic Flyway states 
including Maryland collect juvenile/adult ratio observations of Eastern 
Population tundra swans. This information is part of our long term monitoring 
of this swan population. 

> 
> Only observations made in December are useful. Should you make observations 
the information needed for this project include: 1) date, 2) nearest town and 
county, 3) total number of swans in flock, 4) number of juveniles (gray) in 
flock, and 5) number of adults (white) in flock. 

> 
> Please forward to Larry Hindman, Waterfowl Project Leader, Maryland DNR, 
e-mail larry.hindman AT maryland.gov 

> 
> Thank you in advance for your cooperation and your support of our migratory 
bird resources. Good birding. 

> 
> Larry
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Subject: Rock Creek Park, Friday 10/24/14
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace AT kornack.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:44:39 -0400
This morning (10/24) at Rock Creek Park with Mardi Hastings, Susan Volman, and 
Sheila Cochran...... 


We had a large influx of Chipping Sparrows and Blue-headed Vireos.

-----Maintenance Yard
Turkey Vulture      4    AT yard parking    (Susan)
Red-bellied Woodpecker  
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker     2
Downy Woodpecker  
Northern Flicker  
Eastern Phoebe     2
Blue-headed Vireo     5
Blue Jay     2
American Crow     5
Carolina Chickadee     4
Tufted Titmouse  
House Wren     2
Golden-crowned Kinglet     3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet     15+
American Robin  
Eastern Towhee  
Chipping Sparrow     40++
Song Sparrow     10+
Swamp Sparrow  
White-throated Sparrow     20+
Dark-eyed Junco     5
Northern Cardinal     5
Common Grackle     70+     AT yard parking   (Susan)

-----Dog Run
Eastern Phoebe  
Blue-headed Vireo      (Susan)
Blue Jay  2
Carolina Chickadee  1
Chipping Sparrow  20
Song Sparrow  10
White-throated Sparrow  15

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington  DC

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Subject: Recent arrivals
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:00:21 -0700 (PDT)
In the yard this week, arriving on schedule; Dark-eyed Junco, White-throated 
Sparrows, an adult White-crowned Sparrow under the feeders yesterday, and today 
3 Purple Finches- 2 adult males and 1 female/immature. Also today, an eastern 
Palm Warbler. 


And on October 20, my first Red-winged Blackbird of the season at the feeders, 
and a Swamp Sparrow in the front meadow (only the second occurance here I 
think).The meadows are developing some character now and as habitat improves, 
sparrows should find it to their liking. 


On October 21, a Blue-headed Vireo in the yard, and passing by to the north a 
pair of Northern Harriers (a nice adult male, and an immature right on its 
heels), then followed within 5 minutes by a pair of American Kestrels 


Rick Sussman
Woodbine,MD

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Subject: JBWS Winter Waterbird Survey (Rusty Blackbirds, Belted Kingfisher, Northern Pintail)
From: Karen Caruso <karen.caruso AT verizon.net>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:22:14 -0700 (PDT)
Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, Anne Arundel, US-MD
Oct 23, 2014 7:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Comments:     Winter Waterbirds Survey
56 species

Canada Goose  284
Wood Duck  7
American Wigeon  1
American Black Duck  110     
Mallard  311     
Northern Shoveler  25     
Northern Pintail  12
Green-winged Teal  12
Common Loon  1     Flyover
Pied-billed Grebe  4
Double-crested Cormorant  4
Great Blue Heron  4
Great Egret  6
Black Vulture  35
Turkey Vulture  37
Northern Harrier  4
Sharp-shinned Hawk  2
Bald Eagle  17     
Red-shouldered Hawk  4
Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Coot  2
Killdeer  3
Laughing Gull  70
Ring-billed Gull  25
Herring Gull  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  3
Mourning Dove  3
Belted Kingfisher  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  2
Merlin  2
Eastern Phoebe  1
Blue Jay  6
American Crow  20
Fish Crow  11
Tree Swallow  6
Carolina Chickadee  3
Carolina Wren  2
Golden-crowned Kinglet  4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
American Robin  40
Gray Catbird  3
European Starling  8
American Pipit  1     Flyover: audible
Common Yellowthroat  3
Yellow-rumped Warbler  24
Eastern Towhee  5
Song Sparrow  30
Swamp Sparrow  32
White-throated Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  3
Red-winged Blackbird  847
Eastern Meadowlark  1
Rusty Blackbird 90 Photos available: need your email address to forward them 

Common Grackle  300
American Goldfinch  3

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20314547 


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Subject: Re: Hermit Thrushes
From: David Greenspoon <greenspoon AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:01:24 -0400
Nice! Had my fos  Hermit Thrush today too, in overgrown drainage pond
across from my house in Reisterstown, Baltimore County. Also had
White-Throated Sparrow and Ruby-Crowned Kinglet in the same patch.

David Greenspoon
Reisterstown, MD
On Oct 23, 2014 7:49 PM, "Gail B. Mackiernan %3Ckatahdinss%40comcast.net%3E"
 wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> No morning birding today due to the wind but we took the dogs for a walk
> in the afternoon down into Northwest Branch Park in Colesville and had at
> least 5 (and probably more) FOS Hermit Thrushes feeding on wintercreeper
> berries in the woods. Nice to see!
>
> Gail Mackiernan and Barry Cooper
> Colesville, MD
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Subject: Hermit Thrushes
From: "Gail B. Mackiernan %3Ckatahdinss%40comcast.net%3E" <katahdinss AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:49:48 +0000 (UTC)
Hi all, 

No morning birding today due to the wind but we took the dogs for a walk in the 
afternoon down into Northwest Branch Park in Colesville and had at least 5 (and 
probably more) FOS Hermit Thrushes feeding on wintercreeper berries in the 
woods. Nice to see! 


Gail Mackiernan and Barry Cooper 
Colesville, MD 

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Subject: Rock Creek Park, Thursday 10/23/14
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace AT kornack.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:25:52 -0400
This morning (10/23) at Rock Creek Park with Marina True......

After I left this morning for Bombay Hook, Marina reported that the birding 
activity picked up. Bird of the day is the Lincoln Sparrow--- all three were 
seen in a single snag. 


-----Maintenance Yard
Blackpoll Warbler  
Yellow-rumped Warbler  
Turkey Vulture     5
Mourning Dove  
Chimney Swift     2
Red-bellied Woodpecker     3
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  
Downy Woodpecker     6+
Hairy Woodpecker  
Pileated Woodpecker     2
Blue-headed Vireo     2
Blue Jay     5
American Crow     2
Carolina Chickadee  
Tufted Titmouse  
Carolina Wren     2
Golden-crowned Kinglet  
Ruby-crowned Kinglet     15+
American Robin  
Eastern Towhee     2
Chipping Sparrow     10
Field Sparrow     4
Song Sparrow      9
Swamp Sparrow  
White-throated Sparrow     30+
Dark-eyed Junco     4
Northern Cardinal     6
Baltimore Oriole       (Late)
American Goldfinch  

-----Dog Run  (Marina only)
Turkey Vulture     9+  (one completely missing tail)
Sharp-shinned Hawk     flyby
Cooper's Hawk     2     flyby
Red-tailed Hawk     flyby 
Mourning Dove     3
Hairy Woodpecker  
Blue Jay     5
American Crow      5
White-breasted Nuthatch  
Swainson's Thrush     2
American Robin     3
European Starling     5
Chipping Sparrow     7+
Song Sparrow     13
Lincoln's Sparrow     3    
White-throated Sparrow     30+
Dark-eyed Junco  
Northern Cardinal     6
American Goldfinch     3

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington  DC

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Subject: Orange-crowned Warbler at Gwynns Falls Trail
From: Matt Hafner <hafner.matt AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:04:43 -0400
Today on my lunch break I found an Orange-crowned Warbler on the Gwynns Falls 
Trail in Baltimore City. Heading north from Washington Blvd, the bird was just 
across the first bridge over the creek. I also had an American Redstart in this 
same area. It was a very sparrowy day with 50+ Song Sparrows. In the flocks, I 
found several Field Sparrows (good here) and a Vesper. 


Good birding!

Matt Hafner
Forest Hill, MD

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Subject: Marcia's Montgomery Merlin
From: Don Simonson <simonson AT verizon.net>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:53:38 -0700 (PDT)
Add one to the Montgomery Merlin Movement this week - My wife Marcia spotted a 
Merlin pop up suddenly (typical of Merlins in my experience appearing "from 
nowhere") among the haybales in the field immediately behind our house on 
Monday October 20 and pointed it out to me. It was lighter brown than most 
Merlins I have seen, almost tan, with long pointed wings, shifty side-to-side 
but not buoyant up-and-down like a kestrel in flight, alternating quick 
flicking wingbeats with fast flat glides. We watched it course the field, rake 
the treeline a half mile away and zip over the trees away to the 
west-southwest, roughly in the direction of Riley's Lock two miles away. 


The Merlin is my favorite bird, but I am saddened that now I annually see fewer 
American Kestrels than Merlins in Montgomery. I used to count dozens of 
Kestrels in Montgomery during fall migration. 


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Subject: Re: New yard bird -- Peregrine Falcon, Bethesda, Mont. Co.
From: Don Simonson <simonson AT verizon.net>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:39:02 -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

Congratulations Jim, that is a fantastic yard bird! 
Don Simonson
Darnestown, MD

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Subject: Tundra Swan Observations Needed (juvenile/adult ratio)
From: larry.hindman AT maryland.gov
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:25:36 -0700 (PDT)
Each year during the month of December several Atlantic Flyway states including 
Maryland collect juvenile/adult ratio observations of Eastern Population tundra 
swans. This information is part of our long term monitoring of this swan 
population. 


Only observations made in December are useful. Should you make observations the 
information needed for this project include: 1) date, 2) nearest town and 
county, 3) total number of swans in flock, 4) number of juveniles (gray) in 
flock, and 5) number of adults (white) in flock. 


Please forward to Larry Hindman, Waterfowl Project Leader, Maryland DNR, e-mail 
larry.hindman AT maryland.gov 


Thank you in advance for your cooperation and your support of our migratory 
bird resources. Good birding. 


Larry

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Subject: Spotted Sandpiper at Paper Mill Flats
From: keyweststyle2001 AT gmail.com
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:44:18 -0400




Subject: Re: New Bird Book/Bird Fatalities revist
From: "Gail B. Mackiernan %3Ckatahdinss%40comcast.net%3E" <katahdinss AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:22:11 +0000 (UTC)
hummingbirds are also hard-hit -- we found one in the Rock Creek maintenance 
yard that had died, stuck to a burdock seed (invasive weed) -- the NPS kept the 
bird/burdock to show folks why invasives should be controlled but it still took 
them about 3 years before they got rid of the burdock in that part of the park. 


Gail Mackiernan 
Colesville, MD 

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From: "Bonnie Ott"  
To: "Md Birding"  
Sent: Wednesday, October 22, 2014 8:29:16 PM 
Subject: [MDBirding] New Bird Book/Bird Fatalities revist 

Thought I’d pass on details regarding a new bird book I purchased. Would make 
a perfect holiday present for any bird lover. https://flic.kr/p/pLEMeK 

It appears my Song Sparrow stuck in burrs has generated some discussion on 
other listserves. It’s apparently more common than I ever realized after 
reading more on it. 

Might be useful to keep details on the situation if anyone finds birds in such 
a manner. Apparently most are found deceased. I would never have seen the bird 
had it not been struggling. 

Kinglets appear to be hardest hit. 
Bonnie Ott 


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Subject: Tundra Swan Observations Wanted (Juvenile/Adult Ratio)
From: larry.hindman AT maryland.gov
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 06:05:45 -0700 (PDT)
Each year several Atlantic Flyway states including Maryland collect 
juvenile/adult ratio observations of Eastern Population tundra swans. This 
information is part of our long term monitoring of this swan population. 


Should you make observations the information needed for this project include:
1) date, 2) nearest town and county, 3) total number of swans in flock, 4) 
number of juveniles (gray) in flock, and 5) number of adults (white) in flock. 


Please forward to Larry Hindman, Waterfowl Project Leader, Maryland DNR, e-mail 
larry.hindman AT maryland.gov 


Thank you in advance for your cooperation and your support of our migratory 
bird resources. Good birding. 


Larry

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Subject: Re: Surf Scoters at Hanlon Park
From: keyweststyle2001 AT gmail.com
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 08:03:22 -0400
‎Actually they took off just before 7am at my arrival. Also there are black 
duck, ruddy ducks, coots, merlin flyby, lots of palm warblers on north and east 
side. - Kevin Graff 


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  Original Message  
From: Heidi Trasatti
Sent: Thursday, October 23, 2014 7:54 AM
To: mdbirding AT googlegroups.com
Subject: [MDBirding] Surf Scoters at Hanlon Park

I stopped by Lake Hanlon on my way to work. It appears the Scoters moved on 
over night. 


Heidi Trasatti
Baltimore, MD

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Subject: Surf Scoters at Hanlon Park
From: Heidi Trasatti <heidi.e.moore AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 04:54:49 -0700 (PDT)
I stopped by Lake Hanlon on my way to work. It appears the Scoters moved on 
over night. 


Heidi Trasatti
Baltimore, MD

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Subject: Re: New Bird Book/Bird Fatalities revist
From: Marcia Balestri <mebalestri AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:56:06 -0400
When Scott Housten and I were checking out Assateague Campground the other day, 
I saw a Yellow-rumped Warbler caught up in some briars. Scott climbed up on top 
of his car to free it. It took quite a bit of effort on his part (and he 
cracked his windshield!), but the bird finally popped loose and flew off. 

_____________________

Marcia Balestri
Worcester County, Maryland
mebalestri AT gmail.com





> On Oct 22, 2014, at 8:29 PM, Bonnie Ott  wrote:
> 
> Thought I’d pass on details regarding a new bird book I purchased. Would 
make a perfect holiday present for any bird lover. https://flic.kr/p/pLEMeK 
 

>  
> It appears my Song Sparrow stuck in burrs has generated some discussion on 
other listserves. It’s apparently more common than I ever realized after 
reading more on it. 

> Might be useful to keep details on the situation if anyone finds birds in 
such a manner. Apparently most are found deceased. I would never have seen the 
bird had it not been struggling. 

> Kinglets appear to be hardest hit.
>  
> Bonnie Ott
>  
>  
>  
>  
>  
>  
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Subject: New Bird Book/Bird Fatalities revist
From: "Bonnie Ott" <Bonnieott AT verizon.net>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:29:16 -0400
Thought I’d pass on details regarding a new bird book I purchased. Would make 
a perfect holiday present for any bird lover. https://flic.kr/p/pLEMeK 


It appears my Song Sparrow stuck in burrs has generated some discussion on 
other listserves. It’s apparently more common than I ever realized after 
reading more on it. 

Might be useful to keep details on the situation if anyone finds birds in such 
a manner. Apparently most are found deceased. I would never have seen the bird 
had it not been struggling. 

Kinglets appear to be hardest hit.

Bonnie Ott





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Subject: Surf Scoters at Hanlon Park
From: Keith Eric Costley <oriolekec1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:29:13 -0400
Four surf Scoters are on Lake Ashburton in Hanlon Park, Baltimore City. It's 
not a huge lake; but they are on the east end. 


Keith Eric Costley
OrioleKEC1 AT comcast.net
OrioleKEC1 AT gmail.com
Randallstown, Baltimore County

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Subject: Ho Co (11 sparrows)
From: "Bonnie Ott" <Bonnieott AT verizon.net>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 22:10:18 -0400
Had an incredible sparrow morning with eleven species today. A late 
Grasshopper, Vesper and every expected species in great numbers. Nashville, 
Winter Wrens and Purple Finches. 


Most notable was an interesting experience of finding a healthy Song Sparrow 
stuck in the burrs of the grasses. It was so trapped it would never have freed 
itself. I removed all the burrs and let it go. I did some internet research and 
it seems to happen more frequently than I realized. I have never seen this 
before. Glad I saved the bird! 


Close up Song  https://flic.kr/p/pL3QGE

Bonnie Ott

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Subject: RE: Orange-crowned Warbler refound
From: Tim Houghton <thoughton AT loyola.edu>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:39:55 +0000
I just finished my checklist which contains my descriptions of the two 
different orange-crowned warblers. I was pretty thorough--mainly b/c I realized 
how someone could find a few other warblers and reasonably confuse them with 
OCWA if not real experienced with the orange-crowned. 


EBird: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20300669 .

A big flock of 35+ chipping sparrows was along the first part of the trail. 
Lots of palm warblers--both kinds--still around. A black-throated blue female. 
A winter wren. A Purple Finch. And a Lincoln's Sparrow. 


I wish I could have stayed a lot longer. Lots of stuff around. And I was so 
focused on the OCWA that I missed a good deal. 


Best Birding Wishes,

Tim Houghton
(Glen Arm)
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Subject: RE: [MDBirding] Orange-crowned Warbler refound

Very birdy at Cromwell. But to the point: 2 OCWA in the field along the new 
trail a bit beyond box #10. I didn't see the 3rd one near the bridge, but the 
report from two birders was positive ID with a photo. 


Tim Houghton
(Glen Arm)
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To: mdbirding AT googlegroups.com
Subject: [MDBirding] Orange-crowned Warbler refound

Tim houghton just had two orange crowned warblers at same area as mentioned 
from this morning at cromwell valley park and a third one at the bridge near 
where we parked. - Kevin Graff. 


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Subject: RE: Orange-crowned Warbler refound
From: Tim Houghton <thoughton AT loyola.edu>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 22:40:33 +0000
Very birdy at Cromwell. But to the point: 2 OCWA in the field along the new 
trail a bit beyond box #10. I didn't see the 3rd one near the bridge, but the 
report from two birders was positive ID with a photo. 


Tim Houghton
(Glen Arm)
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Subject: [MDBirding] Orange-crowned Warbler refound

Tim houghton just had two orange crowned warblers at same area as mentioned 
from this morning at cromwell valley park and a third one at the bridge near 
where we parked. - Kevin Graff. 


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Subject: Cromwell Valley Park & Loch Raven, 10/21/14
From: Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:35:38 -0400
10/21/14 – 730am-1120am

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



WEATHER: Light fog/PC, 46-65 degrees, calm- W 8 mph     OBSERVERS: 13



Canada Goose – 4

Black Vulture – 2

Turkey Vulture – 9

Osprey – 1

Sharp-shinned Hawk – 6

Red-shouldered Hawk – 1

Red-tailed Hawk – 4

Peregrine Falcon – 1

Mourning Dove – 4

Belted Kingfisher – 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker – 3

Downy Woodpecker – 2

Hairy Woodpecker – 1

Northern Flicker – 1

Blue Jay – 11

American Crow – 2

Carolina Chickadee – 3

Tufted Titmouse – 2

White-breasted Nuthatch – 2

Carolina Wren – 2

Golden-crowned Kinglet – 1

Ruby-crowned Kinglet – 6

Eastern Bluebird – 3

American Robin – 4

Gray Catbird – 1
Northern Mockingbird – 2

European Starling – 3

Eastern Towhee – 1

Chipping Sparrow – 8

Song Sparrow – 5

White-throated Sparrow – 15

Northern Cardinal – 4

Red-winged Blackbird – 1

House Finch – 2

American Goldfinch – 3

House Sparrow – 1

SPECIES: 36      INDIVIDUALS: 118



10/21/14 – 905am-1055am

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



WEATHER: Fair/PC, 52-62 degrees, calm- W 4 mph     OBSERVERS: 13



Wood Duck – 3

Black Vulture – 2

Turkey Vulture – 8

Sharp-shinned Hawk – 3

Red-tailed Hawk – 3

Peregrine Falcon – 1

Mourning Dove – 10

Belted Kingfisher – 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker – 3

Downy Woodpecker – 2

Northern Flicker – 1

Pileated Woodpecker – 1

Eastern Phoebe – 2

Blue-headed Vireo – 1

Blue Jay – 9

Carolina Chickadee – 2

Tufted Titmouse – 6

Red-breasted Nuthatch – 2

White-breasted Nuthatch – 2

Caroliona Wren – 1

Marsh Wren – 1

Golden-crowned Kinglet – 2

Ruby-crowned Kinglet – 10

Eastern Bluebird – 9

American Robin – 3

Gray Catbird – 3

Northern Mockingbird – 2

European Starling – 3

Tennessee Warbler – 1

Orange-crowned Warbler – 1

Yellow-rumped Warbler – 4

Palm Warbler – 3 (2 western & 1 yellow)

Common Yellowthroat – 2

Eastern Towhee – 1

Chipping Sparrow – 25

Song Sparrow – 6

Swamp Sparrow – 11

White-throated Sparrow – 9

Northern Cardinal – 14

Eastern Meadowlark – 1

Purple Finch – 4

House Finch – 2

American Goldfinch – 13

SPECIES: 43      INDIVIDUALS: 192



10/21/14 – 1010am-1020am

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



WEATHER: PC, 59-60 degrees, W 4 mph      OBSERVERS: 13



Sharp-shinned Hawk – 1

Mourning Dove – 1

Belted Kingfisher – 1

Downy Woodpecker – 1

Eastern Phoebe – 1

Blue Jay – 1

Eastern Bluebird – 1

European Starling – 1

Chipping Sparrow – 2

Song Sparrow – 1

House Finch – 2

American Goldfinch – 2

SPECIES: 12      INDIVIDUALS: 15



10/21/14 – 12pm-1230pm

Loch Raven Reservoir—Loch Raven Point, Baltimore Co., MD



WEATHER: PC, 65 degrees, W 8 mph



Canada Goose – 132

American Wigeon – 12

Mallard – 4

Green-winged Teal – 2

Pied-billed Grebe – 2

Double-crested Cormorant – 18

Great Blue Heron – 1

Turkey Vulture – 1

Ring-billed Gull – 20

Downy Woodpecker – 1

Eastern Phoebe – 1

Blue Jay – 2

Carolina Chickadee – 2

Red-breasted Nuthatch – 1

Carolina Wren – 1

Ruby-crowned Kinglet – 4

Gray Catbird – 1

Palm Warbler – 1 (western)

Chipping Sparrow – 2

White-throated Sparrow – 2

Northern Cardinal – 1

American Goldfinch – 1

SPECIES: 22      INDIVIDUALS: 212





      Kevin Graff

     Jarrettsville, MD

     KeyWeststyle2001 AT gmail.com

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Subject: Orange-crowned Warbler refound
From: keyweststyle2001 AT gmail.com
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:42:03 -0400




Subject: Bird hit
From: "MICHAEL L. SMITH" <ospreys AT erols.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:03:46 -0400
***I found a Black-Throated Blue Warbler****(male) that had hit one of 
my windows yesterday. Don't understand why the nice birds hit the
    windows the most.
*
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New Windsor, Maryland

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Subject: Rock Creek Park, Tuesday 10/21/14
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace AT kornack.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:46:47 -0400
This morning (10/21) at Rock Creek Park with Bill Butler, Leon Kass and John 
Williamson...... 


Nice to see the Cape May Warbler still hanging around. There were many sparrows 
at the yard and dog run including Chipping, Field, Swamp, White-throated, and 
LINCOLN'S...also Junco and Towhee. We had great views of Blue-headed Vireos at 
the yard and dog run. 


-----Maintenance Yard
Cape May Warbler  
Palm Warbler      2
Black-throated Green Warbler  
Canada Goose     flyby
Red-shouldered Hawk      heard
Mourning Dove  
Chimney Swift  
Red-bellied Woodpecker     3
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker     2
Downy Woodpecker     7
Hairy Woodpecker  
Northern Flicker     2
Pileated Woodpecker  
Merlin     flyby
Eastern Phoebe     5
Blue-headed Vireo     4
Blue Jay     7
American Crow     4
Carolina Chickadee     10
White-breasted Nuthatch     heard
Carolina Wren  
Golden-crowned Kinglet  
Ruby-crowned Kinglet     9
American Robin  
Eastern Towhee     4
Chipping Sparrow     2
Field Sparrow     2
Song Sparrow     10
Swamp Sparrow     2
White-throated Sparrow     20+
Northern Cardinal     7
Common Grackle     9    flyby

------Dog Run
Mourning Dove     4
Red-bellied Woodpecker  
Downy Woodpecker     3
Eastern Phoebe     3
Blue-headed Vireo  
Blue Jay     3
American Crow     2
House Wren  
Ruby-crowned Kinglet     5
American Robin  
Eastern Towhee     4
Chipping Sparrow     4
Field Sparrow     4
Song Sparrow     20+
Lincoln's Sparrow  
Swamp Sparrow  
White-throated Sparrow  50++
Dark-eyed Junco  
Northern Cardinal     8
House Finch  
American Goldfinch     3

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington  DC

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Subject: Horned Grebe-Harford Co.
From: Mark Johnson <mj3151 AT outlook.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:37:02 -0400
There's a very cooperative Horned Grebe at Rock Run (Susquehanna State Park) 
right now. The bird is in close to shore just to the left (upstream) of the 
parking area. This is a pretty early fall record for the county. There were 
also five female Common Merganser in the same area. 

 
Mark Johnson
Aberdeen, MD 
 		 	   		  

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Subject: Orange crowned warbler at cromwell valley park.
From: keyweststyle2001 AT gmail.com
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:46:33 -0400




Subject: Poplar Island 10/20/2014
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 05:55:08 -0700 (PDT)
Conducted my second October census yesterday. It was very windy towards the end 
of the census which probably kept a lot hunkered down, but there was still 
plenty to look at across the island. The overnight push of passerines was 
evidenced by many sparrows, kinglets, and warblers in places where there 
usually aren't that many passerines. 


The most interesting bird was a probable EARED GREBE in Cell 6. Unfortunately 
the bird was underwater for 2/3 of the time, and when it was up, it was moving 
through a swirling mass of ducks in the center of the cell. The wind, lack of 
landmarks at which to point my camera, and movement made it impossible to get a 
quality photo, so I am leaving it as Horned/Eared in eBird unless the staff can 
relocate it today and get photos. I'm not ruling out Horned yet, so I wouldn't 
get too excited. 


Other highlights:

FOS Greater Scaup (10)
1 Cattle Egret (late)
5 Stilt Sandpipers
1 Merlin
1 Magnolia Warbler (late)
3 White-crowned Sparrows

Full eBird list: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20291387

Tim Carney
Canton, MD

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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 
> 
> Cold, bright, little wind until later.
> 
> Maintenance Yard
> 
> 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
> 
> Dog Run
> 
> 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
> 
> Judy and I covered the waterfront 7-10:15 AM
> Towhee-2
> 
> ----Yard Parking Lot
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
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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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> Observers: Greg, Tully and his father Devon, Jim, Tina Harper, Don Swenholt, 
Judy, Chip, Hanan 

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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
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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
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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

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> 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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