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26 Sep Rock Creek Park, Monday 9/26/16 [Wallace Kornack ]
26 Sep Re: New Yard record 2,434 Broad-winged Hawks [Don Simonson ]
26 Sep Re: New Yard record 2,434 Broad-winged Hawks [Donald Sweig ]
26 Sep Red-headed Woodpecker at Cromwell Valley, 9/25 [Noah Bers ]
26 Sep Carroll Co. Birds 9/25/16 [Bob Ringler ]
25 Sep New Yard record 2,434 Broad-winged Hawks [Don Simonson ]
25 Sep Re: Silver Spring birding Sep 25 [Patricia Wood ]
25 Sep Hart-Miller Island, 09/23/16 [Kevin Graff ]
25 Sep Re: American White Pelican Aquasco Farm PG [Mark Rositol ]
25 Sep Silver Spring birding Sep 25 [Rob Hilton ]
25 Sep American White Pelican Aquasco Farm PG [Mark Rositol ]
25 Sep Re: Clapper rail, DC [Mike Mangiaracina ]
25 Sep Re: Clapper rail, DC [Hugh McGuinness ]
25 Sep Clapper rail, DC [Mike Mangiaracina ]
25 Sep Lost sunglasses at CVP [Hugh David Fleischmann ]
25 Sep Clapper rail, DC [Mike Mangiaracina ]
25 Sep Re: Hawk-watching forecast? [JAMES SPEICHER ]
25 Sep Blue Mash Nature Trail -- Sep 25, 2016 [john pangborn ]
25 Sep New Record Over 1,300 BWHA Re: 421 Broad-winged Hawks over Darnestown Mont Co. Big Kettle [Don Simonson ]
25 Sep Wheaton Regional Park today 9/25 [Gail Mackiernan ]
25 Sep 421 Broad-winged Hawks over Darnestown Mont Co. Big Kettle [Don Simonson ]
25 Sep Rock Creek Park, Sunday 9/25/16, Connecticut Warbler [Wallace Kornack ]
25 Sep Yard migrants [Warblerick ]
24 Sep Hawk-watching forecast? [Janet Millenson ]
24 Sep Re: Broadwings []
24 Sep Swan Creek birdwalk 9/24 (and someone left a tripod behind...) [Tim Carney ]
24 Sep Mouth of Monocacy [Kurt Schwarz ]
24 Sep Wheaton Regional Park today 9/24 [Gail Mackiernan ]
24 Sep Rock Creek Park, Saturday 9/24/16 [Wallace Kornack ]
24 Sep Blue Mash Nature Trail -- Sep 24, 2016 [john pangborn ]
24 Sep Broadwings []
24 Sep Assateague Island - Dickcissel, Lark Sparrow ["'Clive Harris' via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
24 Sep Re: Connecticut Warbler Green Hills Farm Wetland [Warblerick ]
23 Sep Franklin's gull in Washington DC [Frank Hawkins ]
23 Sep Connecticut Warbler Green Hills Farm Wetland [Brenton Reyner ]
23 Sep 21st Dorchester County fall bird count, September 17, 2016. [Harry Armistead ]
23 Sep Patuxent River Park: Bird Club trip [Karen Caruso ]
23 Sep Re: Rock Creek Park, Friday 9/23/16 [Scott Baron ]
23 Sep Re: Need help w/ Sparrow ID. Could this be either Savanna or Lincolns, or is it just a Song sparrow? [Ted on Little Round Bay ]
23 Sep Need help w/ Sparrow ID. Could this be either Savanna or Lincolns, or is it just a Song sparrow? [Ted on Little Round Bay ]
23 Sep Rock Creek Park, Friday 9/23/16 [Wallace Kornack ]
23 Sep Possible Swainson's Hawk Blue Mash [Brenton Reyner ]
22 Sep Winter Finch Forecast ["Jlstasz via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
22 Sep First-of-fall Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Bethesda Backyard, Mont. Co. ["Jim Nelson" ]
22 Sep Re: Wharton Regional Park today, Sept 22 [Gail Mackiernan ]
22 Sep Wharton Regional Park today, Sept 22 [Gail Mackiernan ]
22 Sep Elliott Island Road, Blackwater N.W.R. & Ferry Neck, September 15-20, 2016. [Harry Armistead ]
22 Sep Rock Creek Park, Thursday 9/22/16 [Wallace Kornack ]
22 Sep Wheaton Thur Fall Fallout []
22 Sep Eastern Screech Owl [Karen Caruso ]
21 Sep Re: Patuxent River Park - Palm Warbler, audible Sora, 'Harvest Moon' rise ["Dave Mitchell (Howard County)" ]
21 Sep Re: Patuxent River Park - Palm Warbler, audible Sora, 'Harvest Moon' rise ["Dave Mitchell (Howard County)" ]
21 Sep Turkey Point today [Patricia Valdata ]
21 Sep Davidsonville Area Park: Killdeer, Green Heron, Red-eyed Vireo [Karen Caruso ]
21 Sep Podcast Interview with Chan Robbins [Marcia Watson ]
21 Sep Olive-sided FL at Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, Md [Gail Mackiernan ]
21 Sep Rock Creek Park, Wednesday 9/21/16 [Wallace Kornack ]
20 Sep Cromwell Valley Park & city hawkwatch, 09/20/16 [Kevin Graff ]
20 Sep Connecticut Warbler at Cromwell [Tim Carney ]
20 Sep RE: Swan Creek highlights 9/20 ["David Fleischmann" ]
20 Sep Swan Creek highlights 9/20 [Tim Carney ]
20 Sep San Fran Guide [Hugh David Fleischmann ]
20 Sep Rock Creek Park, Tuesday 9/20/16 [Wallace Kornack ]
20 Sep Lois Y. Green Conservation Park -- Sep 20, 2016 [john pangborn ]
19 Sep Re: Brown Booby reported Sunday 9/18 [Warblerick ]
19 Sep Stilt Sandpiper-Swan Harbor (Harford Co.) [Mark Johnson ]
19 Sep Brown Booby reported Sunday 9/18 ["'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding" ]
19 Sep Rock Creek Park, Monday 6/19/16 [Wallace Kornack ]
19 Sep Re: Carroll Co. Birds 9/16/16 [Marcy Stutzman ]
19 Sep Re: Carroll Co. Birds 9/16/16 [Marcy Stutzman ]
19 Sep Meeting Wednesday 21 [Stephanie Lovell ]
18 Sep PG county fall count 2016 ["Derek C. Richardson" ]
18 Sep Montgomery Bird Club Meeting Sept 21 [Stephanie Lovell ]
18 Sep YCNH Laurel Lakes ["Derek C. Richardson" ]
18 Sep Blue Mash Nature Trail -- Sep 18, 2016 [john pangborn ]
18 Sep Blue Mash Nature Trail -- Sep 18, 2016 [Warblerick ]

Subject: Rock Creek Park, Monday 9/26/16
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace AT kornack.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:25:10 -0400
This morning (9/26) in the maintenance yard at Rock Creek Park……

Black-and-white Warbler     2  
Common Yellowthroat     3
Magnolia Warbler     2
Bay-breasted Warbler  
Barred Owl  
Chimney Swift     2
Red-bellied Woodpecker     2
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  
Downy Woodpecker     3
Hairy Woodpecker  
Northern Flicker     2
Pileated Woodpecker     2
Eastern Wood-Pewee  
Blue Jay     6
American Crow     3
Carolina Chickadee  
Tufted Titmouse     3
White-breasted Nuthatch     4
House Wren 
Carolina Wren      3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  
Veery     2
Swanson’s Thrush     2
Wood Thrush     2
American Robin     6
Gray Catbird     2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  
Common Grackle     8     flyby

Contributors: Bill Butler, Leon Kass, Tucker Scully, Lee Kimball, Marina True, 
Susan Volmen, Dennis Cosgrin, John Stinson 


Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington  DC

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Subject: Re: New Yard record 2,434 Broad-winged Hawks
From: Don Simonson <don.r.simonson AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:01:20 -0400
Don,
This is terrific analysis, I believe you are spot on!!! Your hourly
analysis is wonderful. I have tried over the years to make sense of it by
looking at CVP numbers. But didn't get the hourly connection.  Sept 21 2016
we had over 1,500 in yard . Congrats to you and on Augustine .  Now, where
do you suppose they cross the Potomac near my house?
Do you remember about 25 years ago or more meeting on Washington monument
knob hawk wAtch? 😄
Don

On Monday, September 26, 2016, Donald Sweig  wrote:

> Don,
>  Congrats on all those Broad-wingeds in your yard, you lucky guy!
>  I was looking at the hawk migration reports for yesterday and the day
> before, and one could almost see where your birds came from.  You said you
> had 2,434 between 11:15 and about 3:30.
>  They reported 2,648 at Cromwell Valley Park in Baltimore between 9:15 and
> 11:15.  I bet you saw the same birds they did.
>  The day before Militia Hill, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia, counted
> 2,694, and Rose Tree Park counted 399, and Ashland Nature Center in
> Delaware counted another 717.
>  Bob Augustine and I have talked about and traced his pattern before.
> When the birds are out on the coastal plain they come down to about
> Philadelphia and Delaware and then they turn Southwest, go across
> Baltimore, and come across here.  Yesterday they came across your yard.  I
> really think this is what happened.
>   I sure do wish HMANA had some kind of real-time reporting so it would be
> easier to track and see those kind of migration movements.
>   Congrats again on all those birds.
>      Donald Sweig
>
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
> > On Sep 25, 2016, at 11:28 PM, Don Simonson  > wrote:
> >
> > Day total of 2,434 Broadwings!
> > All between 11:15 a.m. and 3:35 pm.  By noon I realized we were past our
> prior record year (last year) and heading for 2K!
> > all from our 2 acres yard in Darnestown. plus 4 Bald   Eagles, 2 Osprey,
> 1 Merlin, 1 Red-tail, 300 Chimney Swifts. Four Ruby-throated Hummingbirds.
> 40 Monarch Butterflies
> > Most astounding: Kettles of 703 at noon,630 at 12:35 and 370 at 1:15 pm.
> > I counted birds streaming into kettles and counted them streaming out,
> at first singly, then by fives, then tens and twenties. At one point
> astoundingly, several birds in the giant kettle flashed as if they were
> brilliant pure white, my wife and I saw this phenom simultaneously.
> > Good birding!
> > Don Simonson, Darnestown MD.
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Subject: Re: New Yard record 2,434 Broad-winged Hawks
From: Donald Sweig <skybirds.d AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Sep 2016 08:02:33 -0400
Don,
 Congrats on all those Broad-wingeds in your yard, you lucky guy!
 I was looking at the hawk migration reports for yesterday and the day before, 
and one could almost see where your birds came from. You said you had 2,434 
between 11:15 and about 3:30. 

 They reported 2,648 at Cromwell Valley Park in Baltimore between 9:15 and 
11:15. I bet you saw the same birds they did. 

 The day before Militia Hill, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia, counted 2,694, 
and Rose Tree Park counted 399, and Ashland Nature Center in Delaware counted 
another 717. 

 Bob Augustine and I have talked about and traced his pattern before. When the 
birds are out on the coastal plain they come down to about Philadelphia and 
Delaware and then they turn Southwest, go across Baltimore, and come across 
here. Yesterday they came across your yard. I really think this is what 
happened. 

 I sure do wish HMANA had some kind of real-time reporting so it would be 
easier to track and see those kind of migration movements. 

  Congrats again on all those birds.
     Donald Sweig


Sent from my iPad

> On Sep 25, 2016, at 11:28 PM, Don Simonson  wrote:
> 
> Day total of 2,434 Broadwings!
> All between 11:15 a.m. and 3:35 pm. By noon I realized we were past our prior 
record year (last year) and heading for 2K! 

> all from our 2 acres yard in Darnestown. plus 4 Bald Eagles, 2 Osprey, 1 
Merlin, 1 Red-tail, 300 Chimney Swifts. Four Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. 40 
Monarch Butterflies 

> Most astounding: Kettles of 703 at noon,630 at 12:35 and 370 at 1:15 pm.
> I counted birds streaming into kettles and counted them streaming out, at 
first singly, then by fives, then tens and twenties. At one point astoundingly, 
several birds in the giant kettle flashed as if they were brilliant pure white, 
my wife and I saw this phenom simultaneously. 

> Good birding!
> Don Simonson, Darnestown MD.
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Subject: Red-headed Woodpecker at Cromwell Valley, 9/25
From: Noah Bers <noahbers AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Sep 2016 04:32:19 -0700 (PDT)
Red-headed Woodpecker spotted at Cromwell Valley Park, atop a dead tree near 
the. Ridge across Minebank Run. I posted a picture (iPhone through binoculars) 
to the Baltimore Bird Club Facebook page. 


What a beautiful bird! Fully mature with striking crimson head, fully mature.

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Subject: Carroll Co. Birds 9/25/16
From: Bob Ringler <ringler.bob AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Sep 2016 07:04:19 -0400
   While walking Skippy at dawn yesterday I heard a few Swainson's
Thrushes calling as they flew overhead. Hoping for a fallout of
warblers in the morning I went to Hashawha for a hike but the fallout
never materialized. I found only four warblers for the day - 8
Yellowthroats including 3 adult males and the others heard chipping,
one adult male Redstart, two Magnolia Warblers, and one Blackpoll
Warbler. Fortunately there were other birds to enliven the walk. I
also saw a Philadelphia Vireo and a Lincoln's Sparrow, several Indigo
Buntings, a Swainson's Thrush, and a somewhat early White-throated
Sparrow.
   Hoping for some waterfowl I also stopped at the Study Road farm
pond where there was a lone Great Blue Heron and at Cranberry
Reservoir where there were no birds on the lake.

-- 
Bob Ringler
Eldersburg MD

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Subject: New Yard record 2,434 Broad-winged Hawks
From: Don Simonson <don.r.simonson AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2016 20:28:34 -0700 (PDT)
Day total of 2,434 Broadwings!
All between 11:15 a.m. and 3:35 pm. By noon I realized we were past our prior 
record year (last year) and heading for 2K! 

all from our 2 acres yard in Darnestown. plus 4 Bald Eagles, 2 Osprey, 1 
Merlin, 1 Red-tail, 300 Chimney Swifts. Four Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. 40 
Monarch Butterflies 

Most astounding: Kettles of 703 at noon,630 at 12:35 and 370 at 1:15 pm.
I counted birds streaming into kettles and counted them streaming out, at first 
singly, then by fives, then tens and twenties. At one point astoundingly, 
several birds in the giant kettle flashed as if they were brilliant pure white, 
my wife and I saw this phenom simultaneously. 

Good birding!
Don Simonson, Darnestown MD.

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Subject: Re: Silver Spring birding Sep 25
From: Patricia Wood <pwood AT capaccess.org>
Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2016 15:10:38 -0700 (PDT)
On Sunday, September 25, 2016 at 5:28:54 PM UTC-4, Rob Hilton wrote:
> Nothing special to report.  This afternoon we were at the storm retention 
ponds along Dennis Avenue and found 4 Eastern Phoebes, 1 each Red-tailed and 
Red-shouldered Hawk, Blue Jay feathers from a predation event, and a passel of 
dragonfly species.  We then went to Evans Parkway Neighborhood Park (which is 
an eBird hotspot) and saw a close Northern Waterthrush and a slightly more 
distant western Palm Warbler in/along the stream that flows through the eastern 
portion of the park near Bucknell Drive.  

> 
> Rob Hilton
> Silver Spring

Good for you for adding more species to the Evans Parkway Park list. The Md. 
Park & Planning folks are very pleased that birders are going there, I've been 
told. Hopefully in time we will make an impressive list for this really small 
area of native plants, meadow, and wetland, so as to encourage the powers that 
be to daylight more steams this way. It's only a little over a year old, and it 
has won an award for its eco friendly design, already; now to prove the birds 
agree! 


Patricia Wood
Silver Spring

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Subject: Hart-Miller Island, 09/23/16
From: Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2016 17:52:17 -0400
09/23/16 – 710am-230pm

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



WEATHER: PC/Fair, 62-82 degrees, calm- ESE 6K



Canada Goose – 144

Wood Duck – 8

Gadwall – 3

EURASIAN WIGEON – 1

American Wigeon – 30

American Black Duck – 16

Mallard – 202

Blue-winged Teal – 16

Northern Shoveler – 74

Northern Pintail – 9

Green-winged Teal – 98

Lesser Scaup – 2

Ruddy Duck – 2 (drakes)

Pied-billed Grebe – 12

Double-crested Cormorant – 41

Great Blue Heron – 8

Great Egret – 7

Snowy Egret – 2

Osprey – 2

Bald Eagle – 4

Northern Harrier – 1

Peregrine Falcon – 1

COMMON GALLINULE – 1

American Coot – 2

Black-bellied Plover – 6

AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER – 2

Semipalmated Plover – 6

Killdeer – 3

Greater Yellowlegs – 6

Lesser Yellowlegs – 13

Spotted Sandpiper – 1

SANDERLING – 1

Semipalmated Sandpiper – 3

Least Sandpiper – 57

STILT SANDPIPER – 4

Short-billed Dowitcher – 4

Laughing Gull – 30

Ring-billed Gull – 37

Herring Gull – 49

LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL – 3 (adult, 1st W, 3rd W)

Great Black-backed Gull – 336

Caspian Tern – 353

Mourning Dove – 10

Downy Woodpecker – 1

Northern Flicker – 2

Eastern Wood-Pewee – 1

Eastern Phoebe – 4

Red-eyed Vireo – 1

American Crow – 1

Tree Swallow – 4

Carolina Wren – 4

Gray Catbird – 5

European Starling – 145

GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER – 1 (female)  new island species #295.

Northern Parula – 4

Yellow Warbler – 1 (female)

Magnolia Warbler – 2

American Redstart – 4

Common Yellowthroat – 11

Chestnut-sided Warbler – 1

Palm Warbler – 1 (western)

Savannah Sparrow – 1

Scarlet Tanager – 1 (female flyby over edge of North Cell)

Northern Cardinal – 6

Rose-breasted Grosbeak – 1

Indigo Bunting – 1

Bobolink – 3

Red-winged Blackbird – 188

Brown-headed Cowbird – 4

American Goldfinch – 22

SPECIES: 70   INDIVIDUALS: 2030


MAMMALS: Red Fox – 1



REPTILES: E Painted Turtle – 1



AMPHIBIANS

Fowler’s Toad – 6

Green Tree Frog – 14 (all in one small area)



BUTTERFLIES:

E Tiger Swallowtail – 1

Black Swallowtail – 4

Cabbage White – 10

Orange Sulphur – 15

Cloudless Sulphur – 11

Gray Hairstreak – 1

Eastern Tailed Blue – 3

Variegated Fritillary – 1

Pearl Crescent – 12

Common Buckeye – 22

Monarch – 46

Least Skipper – 1



DRAGONFLIES:

C Green Darner – 2

Needham's Skimmer - 6

Eastern Amberwing - 1

Eastern Pondhawk – 8

Wandering Glider - 2

Black Saddlebags – 8

Autumn Meadowhawk - 1


INSECTS

Horned Passalus – 1

Big Dipper Firefly (eastern firefly) – 1

Multicolored Asian Beetle – 3

Convergent Lady Beetle – 2

Spotted Cucumber Beetle – 1

Fork-tailed Bush Katydid – 1

Broad-winged Katydid – 1

Henry’s Marsh Moth – 3 (caterpillar)

Salt Marsh Caterpillar – 6

Virginian Tiger Moth – 10 (Yellow Bear)

Virgin Tiger Moth – 1 (caterpillar)



     Kevin Graff

     Jarrettsville, MD

     KeyWeststyle2001 AT gmail.com

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Subject: Re: American White Pelican Aquasco Farm PG
From: Mark Rositol <mrositol510 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2016 14:35:58 -0700 (PDT)
Flying north, not south!

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Subject: Silver Spring birding Sep 25
From: Rob Hilton <rob.hilton.2010 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2016 17:28:52 -0400
Nothing special to report.  This afternoon we were at the storm retention
ponds along Dennis Avenue and found 4 Eastern Phoebes, 1 each Red-tailed
and Red-shouldered Hawk, Blue Jay feathers from a predation event, and a
passel of dragonfly species.  We then went to Evans Parkway Neighborhood
Park (which is an eBird hotspot) and saw a close Northern Waterthrush and a
slightly more distant western Palm Warbler in/along the stream that flows
through the eastern portion of the park near Bucknell Drive.

Rob Hilton
Silver Spring

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Subject: American White Pelican Aquasco Farm PG
From: Mark Rositol <mrositol510 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2016 14:25:26 -0700 (PDT)
Just flew over the middle of big field to the south. Two flying away photos. 
Identifiable, but not what I wanted My camera let me down as it circled for a 
good minute. It waa right there even if a bit far...saying cheese! 


M.Rositol
Fort Washington, MD

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Subject: Re: Clapper rail, DC
From: Mike Mangiaracina <mike.mangiaracina AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2016 14:19:50 -0700 (PDT)
My apologies for the false alarm on it being a clapper. Virginia rail is still 
cool. Thanks to the folks who came and helped me with the ID. 


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Subject: Re: Clapper rail, DC
From: Hugh McGuinness <hdmcguinness AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2016 17:08:56 -0400
I feel pretty confident that this is Virginia Rail. 

Hugh

Sent from my iPhone

> On Sep 25, 2016, at 5:05 PM, Mike Mangiaracina  
wrote: 

> 
> Hugh Mcguinness is here with me now and is thinking this may be a Virginia 
rail, not a clapper. I certainly defer to him on this! However, we're not 
getting great looks and my pictures aren't great so we're not 100% sure on 
this. 

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Subject: Clapper rail, DC
From: Mike Mangiaracina <mike.mangiaracina AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2016 14:05:22 -0700 (PDT)
Hugh Mcguinness is here with me now and is thinking this may be a Virginia 
rail, not a clapper. I certainly defer to him on this! However, we're not 
getting great looks and my pictures aren't great so we're not 100% sure on 
this. 


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Subject: Lost sunglasses at CVP
From: Hugh David Fleischmann <david AT macappraisals.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2016 17:02:32 -0400
At Cromwell Valley today, around 12:30 PM. I lost my sunglasses. In my 
excitement over seeing a Mourning Warbler, I dropped my sunglasses. Did anybody 
find a pair of Ray Bans along the bluebird trail, near the entrance, 20 yards 
before the woods start. That's where I found the Warbler and lost my glasses in 
the same 30 seconds. A very expensive year bird; 😀. A reward is being 
offered. Thanks. 


Amazing Birding in 2016!

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

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Subject: Clapper rail, DC
From: Mike Mangiaracina <mike.mangiaracina AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2016 13:16:50 -0700 (PDT)
There's a clapper rail in the parking lot behind Elliott Hine middle school. 
It's hiding behind trash and darting around. We're not far from kingman island 
here, so I'm hopeful it will find its way. 


Mike Mangiaracina 
Washington DC

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Subject: Re: Hawk-watching forecast?
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2016 14:16:20 -0400
Late response:

I would say YES, but won't be able to get up there myself & haven't
visited for the entire season so far.  For recent reports you would
normally want to check out:

http://hawkcount.org/day_summary.php?rsite=279&go=Go+to+site

but I see that the latest entry was for 9/3/16.  Don't know what's up
with that...I will contact Paul Newton and report back...

If you go, check out the "whiteboard" at the parking area adjacent to
the MON trail, which may be more up-to-date.

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

On 9/24/16, Janet Millenson  wrote:
> Is there likely to be decent hawk-watching at Washington Monument
> tomorrow (Sunday)? The forecast is for cooler temps and a light breeze
> from the north/northeast.
>
>
> Janet Millenson
> Potomac, MD (Montgomery County)
> janet AT twocrows.com
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Subject: Blue Mash Nature Trail -- Sep 25, 2016
From: john pangborn <pangborn.john19 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2016 11:07:12 -0700
Submitted from eBird Android 1.3

5 Canada Goose - null
8 Mallard - null
1 Great Blue Heron - null
1 Turkey Vulture - null
1 Red-shouldered Hawk - null
2 Killdeer - null
16 Least Sandpiper - null
10 Pectoral Sandpiper - null
4 Lesser Yellowlegs - null
2 Mourning Dove - null
2 Red-bellied Woodpecker - null
2 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) - null
1 Red-eyed Vireo - null
21 Blue Jay - null
2 American Crow - null
2 Carolina Chickadee - null
1 White-breasted Nuthatch - null
3 Gray Catbird - null
2 Brown Thrasher - null
5 Northern Mockingbird - null
1 Common Yellowthroat - null
1 Yellow-rumped Warbler - null
1 Indigo Bunting - null

Number of Taxa: 23
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Gaithersburg md

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Subject: New Record Over 1,300 BWHA Re: 421 Broad-winged Hawks over Darnestown Mont Co. Big Kettle
From: Don Simonson <don.r.simonson AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2016 09:49:45 -0700 (PDT)
Several more big kettles; new yard record - over 1300 Broadwings today! plus 4 
bald eagles 

On Sunday, September 25, 2016 at 11:46:37 AM UTC-4, Don Simonson wrote:
> My wife Marcia and I saw a kettle of 320 Broad-winged Hawks pass directly 
over our house in Darnestown, Mont. Co. today 9/25 at 11:15 AM. (counted while 
streaming out). immediately followed by a kettle of at least 70. More in small 
groups for a total of 421 so far this morning. coming from east northeast 
heading southwest. 

> Good birding! 
> Don Simonson Darnestown MD

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Subject: Wheaton Regional Park today 9/25
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2016 12:28:32 -0400
Hi all,

Actually not as lively as we had hoped, with the cold front. A good selection 
of migrants, several Firsts of Season, but not as much diversity. We personally 
had 10 species of warbler, best being a Cape May at the white house and a late, 
bright adult Canada in Brookside's native plant garden. Magnolias and 
Yellowthroats were the most numerous warblers, and the only vireo we saw was 
Red-eyed. Other birders did report additional species, though. Thrushes were 
good, with FOS Gray-cheeked feeding in vines near the lake, along with 
Swainson's and Wood. A FOS Winter Wren in tangles near the lake as well. 
Expected, but did not see, any Broadwings 😕 


Gail Mackiernan and Barry Cooper
Colesville, Md

50 species (+2 other taxa)
Birds of interest:

Wood Duck  11
Great Blue Heron  1
Black Vulture  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1     Flyover
Red-shouldered Hawk  2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  2     In gardens at Spanish Flag vine
Belted Kingfisher  1
Northern Flicker  15
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Phoebe  3
Red-eyed Vireo  5
Blue Jay  25     Mostly in flyover flocks
House Wren  3
Winter Wren  1     First of season
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Eastern Bluebird  1 flyover
Gray-cheeked Thrush  1     First of season
Swainson's Thrush  3
Wood Thrush  1
American Robin  25     Estimate
Gray Catbird  25     Estimate; about half in gardens
Brown Thrasher  2
Cedar Waxwing  4 flyovers
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Common Yellowthroat  13     4 in gardens
American Redstart  1
Cape May Warbler  1
Northern Parula  3
Magnolia Warbler  15     5 in gardens
Blackburnian Warbler  1 dull immature
Chestnut-sided Warbler  5     3 adults with chestnut flanks
Black-throated Green Warbler  8
Canada Warbler  1     Late; bright adult. In native plant  garden at Brookside.
Eastern Towhee  2
Scarlet Tanager  2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  2

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Subject: 421 Broad-winged Hawks over Darnestown Mont Co. Big Kettle
From: Don Simonson <don.r.simonson AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2016 08:46:37 -0700 (PDT)
My wife Marcia and I saw a kettle of 320 Broad-winged Hawks pass directly over 
our house in Darnestown, Mont. Co. today 9/25 at 11:15 AM. (counted while 
streaming out). immediately followed by a kettle of at least 70. More in small 
groups for a total of 421 so far this morning. coming from east northeast 
heading southwest. 

Good birding! 
Don Simonson Darnestown MD

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Subject: Rock Creek Park, Sunday 9/25/16, Connecticut Warbler
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace AT kornack.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2016 11:12:43 -0400
This morning (9/25) at Rock Creek Park…..

Hanan Jacoby saw a Connecticut Warbler near the entrance to the maintenance 
yard. 


Fellow birders saw 15 warbler species: Ovenbird, Black-and-white, Tennessee, 
Connecticut, Yellowthroat, Redstart, Cape May, Parula, Magnolia, Bay-breasted, 
Chestnut-sided, Black-throated Blue, Yellow-rump, Black-throated Green, 
Wilson's 


Highlights: Connecticut Warbler, Wilson’s Warbler, FOS Yellow-bellied 
Sapsucker, FOS Yellow-rumped Warbler, 


——Equitation Field and Ridge     (Greg, Paul, Katherine)
Black-and-white Warbler     12
Tennessee Warbler  
American Redstart     5
Cape May Warbler  
Northern Parula     4
Magnolia Warbler     5
Chestnut-sided Warbler     2
Black-throated Blue Warbler  
Black-throated Green Warbler     14
Pileated Woodpecker  
White-eyed Vireo  
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  
Swainson's Thrush     2
Wood Thrush  
Cedar Waxwing     5
Chipping Sparrow     2
Scarlet Tanager     3
Rose-breasted Grosbeak     5

——Fence Line
Ruby-crowned Kinglet     2
Winter Wren

——Maintenance Yard
Ovenbird  
Black-and-white Warbler  
Connecticut Warbler     (Hanan)
Common Yellowthroat    3
American Redstart     2
Northern Parula     2
Magnolia Warbler    7
Blackburnian Warbler      (Silke, Tucker)
Chestnut-sided Warbler  
Black-throated Blue Warbler      2
Yellow-rumped Warbler      FOS
Black-throated Green Warbler     8+
Wilson's Warbler     (Patrick)
Bay-breasted Warbler    (Dan L., Leon)
Mourning Dove     2
Barred Owl       (Bill)
Red-bellied Woodpecker     3
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker   FOS  (Tucker)
Downy Woodpecker  
Northern Flicker  
Eastern Wood-Pewee  
Eastern Phoebe  
Red-eyed Vireo     6
Blue Jay  
American Crow     2
Carolina Chickadee     2
Tufted Titmouse  
White-breasted Nuthatch  
House Wren  
Carolina Wren     4
Wood Thrush     2
American Robin     6
Brown Thrasher    3
Scarlet Tanager    2
Northern Cardinal     3
Rose-breasted Grosbeak    6

Contributors: Bill Butler, Hanan Jacoby, Leon Kass, Lee Rosner, Paul DeAnna, 
Katharine Kravetz, Silke, Stephen, Dan Lebbin, Patrick Newcomb, Mardi Hastings, 
Susan Volman, Jim Lemert, Will McPhail, Dan Eberly, Mat Sileo, Molala, Greg 
Gough+ 


Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington  DC

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Subject: Yard migrants
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2016 06:59:51 -0700 (PDT)
Getting some nice Broad-winged Hawk movement over the yard this morning, as 
well as my FOS Sharp-sinned hawks. Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Bald Eagle, so far. 


Rick Sussman
Woodbine,MD

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Subject: Hawk-watching forecast?
From: Janet Millenson <janet AT twocrows.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 16:56:59 -0400
Is there likely to be decent hawk-watching at Washington Monument 
tomorrow (Sunday)? The forecast is for cooler temps and a light breeze 
from the north/northeast.


Janet Millenson
Potomac, MD (Montgomery County)
janet AT twocrows.com
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Subject: Re: Broadwings
From: keyweststyle2001 AT gmail.com
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 16:43:48 -0400




Subject: Swan Creek birdwalk 9/24 (and someone left a tripod behind...)
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 09:12:09 -0700 (PDT)
We had a tough time finding passerines at this morning's walk due to the 
sustained 10+ mph SSE winds, and many shorebirds and waterfowl departed over 
the recent days. Still, there were several highlights, including 1 KING RAIL in 
the wetlands; 7 STILT SANDPIPERS, 3 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS, and 1 AMERICAN 
WIGEON in the north cell; and a flyover group of 5 COMMON RAVENS. 


Someone left a tripod at the site. Please call 410.439.4990 on Monday to claim 
it. 


Full eBird list: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31731914

Tim Carney
Nottingham, MD

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


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Subject: Mouth of Monocacy
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 08:31:48 -0700
C&O Canal Association Bird Walk today, MontCo only, highlights were
Black-billed Cuckoo and Tennessee Warbler. But much too high and behind
leaves.

Kurt Schwsrz
HowCo
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Subject: Wheaton Regional Park today 9/24
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 11:24:10 -0400
Hi all,

Rather a slow start today but it ended with some interesting sightings. We did 
have some early flyover raptors (Harrier, couple of Cooper's Hawks) as well as 
several flocks of Jays, but then it was a bit of slow going. Eventually we 
encountered a couple of small mixed flocks, and tallied some of the more common 
migrants along the lake. Working our way back to the "wall of vines," we had 
the two most interesting birds of the morning: a bright Philadelphia Vireo that 
wanted to show itself off to all the birders and photographers. While we were 
all admiring him, a Blue-winged Warbler flew into the same tree. Except it 
didn't quite look "right" and some photos taken at the time showed it had pale 
yellow wingbars, thus a back-cross hybrid. 


It was starting to get cloudy with a freshening NE breeze as we walked back to 
the parking lot, to first see two Cooper's Hawks circling around each other, 
with deep slow wingbeats and some dives and talon snatching. The raptor show 
continued as Barry watched a little drama: one of the local Red-shouldered 
Hawks came out of the woods in pursuit of a Mourning Dove, forced it to the 
ground, and after a brief wing-flapping struggle, flew off with it only inches 
above my head! 


We stopped briefly at Brookside but only added a couple of hummingbirds and 
some more Catbirds. 


Gail Mackiernan and Barry Cooper
Colesville, MD

Wheaton Regional Park and Brookside Gardens, Montgomery, Maryland, US
Sep 24, 2016 7:05 AM - 9:50 AM
42 species (+1 other taxa)
Birds of interest:

Wood Duck  5
Great Blue Heron  1
Northern Harrier  1     Flyover early, to SE, immature bird.
Cooper's Hawk  4     3 were flyovers
Red-shouldered Hawk  1     
Chimney Swift  2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  2     In Brookside Gardens at Spanish Flag vine.
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  12
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Phoebe  3
Philadelphia Vireo  1     Bright bird showing well at wall of vines.
Red-eyed Vireo  8
Blue Jay  35     Several early flyover flocks, then small numbers throughout.
House Wren  5
Swainson's Thrush  1
Gray Catbird  15
Brown Thrasher  2
Cedar Waxwing  20     Flyovers
Blue-winged Warbler 1 Recorded as Blue-winged but actually a back cross: pale 
yellowish wingbars obvious in photos, back and crown very bright greenish, 
bright yellow underparts, dark line though eye. 

Common Yellowthroat  5
American Redstart  4
Northern Parula  3
Magnolia Warbler  4
Chestnut-sided Warbler  2     Adults showing chestnut flanks
warbler sp. (Parulidae sp.)  4     Flyovers
Eastern Towhee  1
Scarlet Tanager  2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  2

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Subject: Rock Creek Park, Saturday 9/24/16
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace AT kornack.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 11:13:34 -0400
This morning (9/24) in the maintenance yard at Rock Creek Park……

Highlight:  FOS White-eyed Vireo, Red-headed Vireo

Black-and-white Warbler     2
Common Yellowthroat  
Chestnut-sided Warbler  
Black-throated Blue Warbler       female
Palm Warbler  
Chimney Swift     2
Red-headed Woodpecker      female   (Leon, Dan)
Red-bellied Woodpecker     2
Downy Woodpecker     5
Hairy Woodpecker  
Northern Flicker     4
Eastern Wood-Pewee  3
Eastern Phoebe     2
White-eyed Vireo     FOS   
Red-eyed Vireo     3+
Blue Jay  
American Crow     2
Carolina Chickadee     5
Tufted Titmouse     3
White-breasted Nuthatch  
House Wren     6
Carolina Wren     2
Swainson's Thrush  
Wood Thrush     2
American Robin     7
Gray Catbird     4
Brown Thrasher     3
Song Sparrow  
Scarlet Tanager  
Northern Cardinal     3
Rose-breasted Grosbeak     3
Common Grackle     7
American Goldfinch     5+

Contributors: Bill Butler, Susan Volman, Leon Kass, Katherine Kravetz, Tucker 
Scully, Lee Kimball, Dan Eberly, Scott 


Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington  DC

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Subject: Blue Mash Nature Trail -- Sep 24, 2016
From: john pangborn <pangborn.john19 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 08:11:15 -0700
Submitted from eBird Android 1.3

9 Mallard - null
2 Green-winged Teal - null
1 Great Blue Heron - null
1 hawk sp. - null
5 Killdeer - null
12 Least Sandpiper - null
9 Pectoral Sandpiper - null
3 Lesser Yellowlegs - null
8 Mourning Dove - null
3 Red-bellied Woodpecker - null
2 Northern Flicker - null
1 Eastern Phoebe - null
11 Blue Jay - null
4 American Crow - null
3 Carolina Chickadee - null
2 White-breasted Nuthatch - null
2 House Wren - null
2 Eastern Bluebird - null
5 American Robin - null
6 Gray Catbird - null
1 Northern Mockingbird - null
16 European Starling - null
2 Song Sparrow - null
2 Eastern Towhee - null
1 Northern Cardinal - null
1 Indigo Bunting - null
2 American Goldfinch - null

Number of Taxa: 27
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Gaithersburg md.

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Subject: Broadwings
From: keyweststyle2001 AT gmail.com
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 11:08:02 -0400




Subject: Assateague Island - Dickcissel, Lark Sparrow
From: "'Clive Harris' via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 09:56:02 -0400
Shell Road - 2 Dickcissel, perched then flew off; 2 Lark Sparrow by antennae. 

Also a couple of Merlin flying down the island. 

Clive Harris
Cabin John MD

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Subject: Re: Connecticut Warbler Green Hills Farm Wetland
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 06:57:29 -0700 (PDT)
On Friday, September 23, 2016 at 4:43:18 PM UTC-4, Brenton Reyner wrote:
> Hi all,
> 
> 
> I had a Connecticut Warbler at Green Hills Wetland in Montgomery County at 
around 2:30 this afternoon. The bird was seen in the willows between the 2nd 
and 3rd ponds (the two with water in them). 

> 
> 
> Good Birding,
> 
> 
> Brenton Reyner
> 
> 
> 
> ​

Where is Green Hills Wetland?

R. Sussman
Woodbine,MD

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Subject: Franklin's gull in Washington DC
From: Frank Hawkins <a.f.a.hawkins AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2016 20:24:28 -0400
An adult Franklin's gull flew south past the Washington Sailing Marina at
about 5.45 pm today in the company of large numbers of Laughing gulls. It
would probably be worth looking for it again tomorrow at about that time -
and it would be a lot closer from the Alexandria waterfront if it did.

Frank Hawkins
Washington DC

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Subject: Connecticut Warbler Green Hills Farm Wetland
From: Brenton Reyner <brenton5432 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2016 16:43:14 -0400
Hi all,

I had a Connecticut Warbler at Green Hills Wetland in Montgomery County at
around 2:30 this afternoon. The bird was seen in the willows between the
2nd and 3rd ponds (the two with water in them).

Good Birding,

Brenton Reyner


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Subject: 21st Dorchester County fall bird count, September 17, 2016.
From: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2016 18:02:20 +0000
21st DORCHESTER COUNTY, MARYLAND, FALL BIRD COUNT, Saturday, September 17, 
2016. 148 species (vs. 146 in 2015). 10 party areas. 



ABBREVIATIONS: BNWR, Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge; EIR, Elliott Island 
Road; HI, Hooper’s Island: TI, Taylor’s Island. 



SYMBOLISM. It’s important to indicate the range of numbers and the number of 
parties seeing each species to give some idea of the distribution and abundance 
of birds here in the early fall, the spatiotemporal situation. Phenology. 
Here’s is what the numbers try to tell: 



NUMBERS MUMBO JUMBO: Canada goose 1,247 (9, 6-420) means a grand total of 1,247 
CGs were seen by 9 parties whose numbers ranged from 6 to 420. Species with no 
parenthetical information, such as Cedar Waxwing 14, were seen by only 1 party. 
With species seen by only 3 parties if one totals the parenthetical range of 
numbers and subtracts that from the grand total that indicates how many the 3rd 
party saw, such as Blue-winged Teal 12 (3, 2-8), wherein the 3rd party total is 
3. Underscored and boldfaced numbers and species are rare and/or high. 
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 4 (4, 1-1) indicates that 4 parties found 1 cuckoo each. 



SPECIES REPORTED: Canada goose 1,247 (9, 6-420; 656 in 2015), tundra swan 1, 
wood duck 33 (2, 1-32), American black duck 16 (low; 4, 1-9; 48 in 2015), 
mallard 562 (7, 2-400), blue-winged teal 12 (3, 2-8; low), northern pintail 2, 
green-winged teal 111 (3, 1-100), ruddy duck 8 (Hurlock), northern bobwhite 3 
(2, 1-2; on the verge of extirpation?), wild turkey 6 (low), double-crested 
cormorant 233 (7, 1-137), AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN 8 (new high; extremely early; 
DP; BNWR), BROWN PELICAN 365 (new high; 4, 2-348; 222 in 2015), 



HERON TYPES: great blue heron 67 (8, 1-24), great egret 108 (7, 1-54), snowy 
egret 104 (5, 6-62), tricolored heron 4, cattle egret 40, green heron 4 (4, 
1-1), black-crowned night heron 1, glossy ibis 5 (EIR; TI; 2, 2-3), 



RAPTORS: black vulture 32 (7, 1-8), turkey vulture 383 (9, 8-122), osprey 29 
(5, 1-10; 8 in 2015), bald eagle 149 (9, 2-35; 108 in 2015), northern harrier 
12 (4, 1-7), sharp-shinned hawk 1 (low), Cooper’s hawk 4 (1-2), 
red-shouldered hawk 5 (4, 1-2), broad-winged hawk 8 (plus an immature roadkill 
individual; 2, 3-5), red-tailed hawk 20 (9, 1-4), American kestrel 29 (8, 
1-12), merlin 6 (4, 1-2), peregrine falcon 1, 



RALLIDS & SHOREBIRDS: clapper rail 6, Virginia rail 41 (4, 2-33), sora 1, 
common gallinule 2 (low), AMERICAN AVOCET 1 (DP; 1st record; BNWR; reported 
independently also by others), black-bellied plover 2, semipalmated plover 34 
(5, 1-15), killdeer 128 (7, 1-68; 27 in 2015), spotted sandpiper 3 (2, 1-2), 
greater yellowlegs 25 (4, 1-15), lesser yellowlegs 20 (2, 2-18), stilt 
sandpiper 1, sanderling 5 (JE; Tar Bay sandbars), dunlin 42 (early for this 
many; BNWR), least sandpiper 45 (4, 2-59), pectoral sandpiper 20 (3, 1-17), 
semipalmated sandpiper 53 (2, 5-48), western sandpiper 1 (BNWR), short-billed 
dowitcher 2 (BNWR), Wilson’s snipe 2 (EIR), American woodcock 1 (MW; Kentuck 
Swamp), unIDd shorebirds 100, 



LARIDS: laughing gull 1,192 (8, 20-285), ring-billed gull 246 (6, 1-100), 
herring gull 381 (5, 1-296), great black-backed gull 67 (3, 1-63), Caspian tern 
45 (3, 1-40; 4 in 2015), common tern 18 (3, 6-6; 1 in 2015), Forster’s tern 
331 (6, 3-149; 101 in 2015), royal tern 265 (5, 2-180; 35 in 2015), 



TRANSITIONAL LANDBIRDS: rock pigeon 13 (4, 1-7), mourning dove 136 (9, 5-46), 
yellow-billed cuckoo 4 (4, 1-1), BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO 1, eastern screech-owl 22 
(6, 1-7), great horned owl 24 (6, 1-12), barred owl 2 (2, 1-1), chimney swift 
30 (3, 4-20), ruby-throated hummingbird 8 (5, 1-3), belted kingfisher 14 (6, 
1-4), 



WOODPECKERS: red-headed woodpecker 20 (4, 2-9; 3 in 2015), red-bellied 
woodpecker 22 (7, 1-6), downy woodpecker 50 (10, 1-10) hairy woodpecker 7 (5, 
1-3), northern flicker 35 (8, 1-11), pileated woodpecker 22 (7, 1-8), 



FLYCATCHERS, CORVIDS & SWALLOWS: eastern wood-pewee 21 (9, 1-7), acadian 
flycatcher 1 (TI), least flycatcher 1 (TI), unIDd empidonax, eastern phoebe 9 
(4, 1-4; 2 in 2015), great crested flycatcher 14 (7, 1-3), eastern kingbird 6 
(4, 1-2), white-eyed vireo 28 (6, 1-15), red-eyed vireo 19 (8, 1-6), blue jay 
139 (10, 5-27), American crow 263 (10, 6-46), fish crow 7 (2, 2-5), unIDd crow 
10 (2, 4-6), horned lark 18 (3, 1-16), tree swallow 779 (8, 1-342), northern 
rough-winged swallow 12 (RP; Hurlock), barn swallow 11 (4, 2-4), 



LI’L SPRITES: Carolina chickadee 148 (10, 2-35), tufted titmouse 123 (10, 
1-32), red-breasted nuthatch 21 (4, 1-15), white-breasted nuthatch 1 (scarce in 
this county), brown-headed nuthatch 77 (6, 2-24), house wren 27 (6, 1-14), 
marsh wren 8 (2, 2-6), Carolina wren 112 (10, 2-23), blue-gray gnatcatcher 27 
(3, 3-19), 



THRUSH TYPES (& starling): eastern bluebird 64 (8, 1-18), wood thrush 3 (2, 
1-2), American robin 402 (8, 1-350), gray catbird 34 (8, 1-8), brown thrasher 
16 (7, 1-6), northern mockingbird 52 (9, 3-9), European starling 1,099 (9, 
19-265), cedar waxwing 14 (TI), 



WARBLERS: ovenbird 2 (2, 1-1), northern waterthrush 2 (2, 1-1), black-and-white 
warbler 13 (5, 1-6), common yellowthroat 49 (8, 2-13), American redstart 48 (9, 
1-11), Cape May warbler 2, northern parula 6 (6, 1-1), magnolia warbler 3 (2, 
1-2), yellow warbler 5 (3, 1-3), blackpoll warbler 1, black-throated blue 
warbler 1, palm warbler 5 (3, 1-3), pine warbler 86 (9, 2-18), prairie warbler 
3 (3, 1-1), black-throated green warbler 1, unIDd warbler 8 (2, 3-5), 



SPARROWS: eastern towhee 9 (6, 1-3), chipping sparrow 55 (7, 1-29; all of them 
so harmless and inoffensive as to be almost beyond belief), field sparrow 3, 
Savannah sparrow 5 (2, 2-3), seaside sparrow 14 (3, 2-6; 14 also in 2015), 
swamp sparrow 1, unIDd sparrow 1, 



the PRETTIES AND NOT-SO-PRETTIES: summer tanager 5 (3, 1-3), scarlet tanager 1, 
northern cardinal 86 (10, 2-23), blue grosbeak 61 (8, 1-23; 39 in 2015), indigo 
bunting 9 (4, 1-5; low), bobolink 717 (7, 4-585; 367 in 2015), red-winged 
blackbird 1,934 (7, 80-600), common grackle 291 (5, 4-250), boat-tailed grackle 
8 (EIR), brown-headed cowbird 942 (5, 1-470), ORCHARD ORIOLE 2 (hard to find in 
late summer, even in August), Baltimore oriole 1, house finch 4, American 
goldfinch 49 (7, 1-17), house sparrow 34 (3, 3-16). 



EFFORT & WEATHER: 26 observers in 10 party areas (9 of the parties consisting 
of 1 person). 4:30 A.M. - 7:30 P.M., 604 miles by car, 22 on foot, 50 owling. 
39 hours by car, 52 hours on foot (mostly standing next to the car), 7 hours 
owling Clear with either no clouds or c.10% cloud cover, 57 - 86 degrees F., 
winds variable NE<5, or calm, or NE 10, SW10-15+. Nice and calm in the morning. 
Very dry. Tides: at Elliott Island (McCready Creek), low 9:20 A.M., high 3:30 
P.M. Sunrise 6:47, sunset 7:08. Moon essentially full, 1 day past total full 
(99% visible) yet tides not especially extreme. There was no flight of 
passerines or neotrops today. 



12 SPECIES WITH HIGHEST NUMBERS: red-winged blackbird 1,934; Canada goose 
1,247; laughing gull 1,192; European starling 1,099; brown-headed cowbird 942; 
bobolink 717; mallard 562; American robin 402; turkey vulture 383; herring gull 
381; brown pelican 365; Forster’s tern 331. 



MISSED SPECIES: Highlighting what a crazy time of year this is, we missed 
Eastern Meadowlark and Song Sparrow. Rose-breasted Grosbeak is always hard to 
find on this count, as are any of the nightjars. To only have Red-eyed and 
White-eyed vireos emphasizes the lack of a flight today. Gadwall is a 
surprising miss. With 1,116 shovelers seen recently at Poplar Island you’d 
think there might have been a few at Hurlock. Not so. 



FAMILY REPRESENTATION: 13 raptors (counting the 2 vultures) was excellent. 8 
heron types was very good. 17 shorebirds is good. 15 warblers poor. 3 owls and 
6 woodpeckers is par, as are 4 gulls and 4 terns. 6 sparrows is so-so. 9 
waterfowl is, simply, O.K. 6 flycatchers is good. 



COVERAGE VARIATION. Differences among the 10 areas observers worked today go a 
long way towards explaining why only a few species were found in all 10: Downy 
Woodpecker, Blue Jay, American Crow, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, 
Carolina Wren, and Northern Cardinal. Areas N of Route 50 almost totally lack 
any species of tidal marshes or big, open brackish water. One party spent the 
entire time on foot in 2 inland areas. Some folks could only be present in the 
morning. Yet all lists were the result of good work and effort. This is the 
best coverage ever for the Dorchester fall count. 



DRAMATIS PERSONAE: 1. Blackwater N.W.R., central area and on south to 
Shorter’s Wharf, Bishops Head, Toddville and environs: Dave Palmer. 



2.  Blackwater N.W.R.: 2 restricted areas of Kentuck Swamp:  Matt Whitbeck.


3.  County central east, S of Rt. 50 including Kraft Neck Road:  Steve Ford.


4. County N. of Route 50, East - Routes 331, 14 & 313 E. to Nanticoke River: 
Marcia Balestri. 



5. County N. of Route 50, central - W. of area 4 and, to the West - bounded by 
Linkwood Road, Routes 392 & 307: Suzette Stitely. 



6. County N. of Route 50, West, W. of area 5 to the Choptank River including 
Hurlock Wastewater Treatment Plant (best accessed from Ennals Road): Rick 
Palmer. 



7. Elliott Island Road from Route 50 south to the end, a 20-mile stretch, 
includes Vienna, plus some of Griffith Neck Rd., Bestpitch at Transquaking 
River, and the B.N.W.R. Kuehnle Tract: Harry Armistead. 



8. Hooper’s Island including Swan Harbor, Meekins Neck, Hip Roof Road: Jeff 
Effinger. 



9.  Neck District:  Colin McAllister.


10. Taylor’s Island incl. Slaughter & Parsons creeks and Smithville Road (S. 
to where Hip Roof Road comes in): Wayne Bell (compiler), George Radcliffe 
(co-leader), Mike Irons, Pablo Najarro and these M.O.S. youth birders: Eli 
Anders, Cameron Darnell, Kevin Ebert, Gabe Evans, Keeley Ferrando, Joshua 
Heiser, Daniel Irons, Jonathan Irons, Josie Kalbfleisch, Oliver Maroon, Jasper 
Merry, Max Ramey, and Patrick Sullivan. Pablo Najarro is from Guatemala, is 
spending this fall at Pickering Creek Audubon Center under the auspices of 
Audubon International Alliances. There were also 5 adult non-birding drivers to 
fill out this one, humongous (!) party. 



MISTAKES: Please let me know if you see any, even if they are just spacing or 
typos. Thanks. 



NON-AVIAN TAXA. Not this time. Got to get this out before I go to Virginia. A 
few observers sent me some notes on this. I’ll include them in a later 
posting. 



THANKS to the participants, an especially good crew this time. Viva Dorchester! 



Best to all.  Harry Armistead, Philadelphia.

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Subject: Patuxent River Park: Bird Club trip
From: Karen Caruso <karen.caruso AT verizon.net>
Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2016 10:46:43 -0700 (PDT)
Patuxent River Park--Jackson Landing, Prince George's, Maryland, US
Sep 23, 2016 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Please send corrections/additions to Karen.Caruso AT verizon.net
28 species

Canada Goose  1
Wood Duck  57
Mallard  10
Green-winged Teal  1
Double-crested Cormorant  19
Great Blue Heron  4
Great Egret  10
Black Vulture  1
Turkey Vulture  1
Northern Harrier  1
Bald Eagle  3
Red-shouldered Hawk  2
Sora  16     12 'audible'
Laughing Gull  76
Ring-billed Gull  1
Chimney Swift  1
Red-headed Woodpecker  1
Hairy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  2
Peregrine Falcon  1
Acadian Flycatcher  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
Tree Swallow  1
Marsh Wren  2
Gray Catbird  2
Northern Mockingbird  1
Cedar Waxwing  1
Common Yellowthroat  2

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Subject: Re: Rock Creek Park, Friday 9/23/16
From: Scott Baron <baron.scott AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2016 12:28:24 -0400
I had a slow day birding from the Nature Center and meadow down to picnic
area 19.  However, I can add three migrant/possible migrant species for
today, an Eastern Phoebe at the maintenance area,  two Pewees in separate
places, a Red-breasted Nuthatch at the Nature Center and a Magnolia Warbler
at the maintenance area.

Scott Baron
Gaithersburg, Md.

On Sep 23, 2016 11:22 AM, "Wallace Kornack"  wrote:

> This morning (9/23) at Rock Creek Park…….
>
> Fellow birders saw 7 warbler species:  Black-and-white, Redstart, Parula,
> Black-throated Green, Yellowthroat, Chestnut-sided, Palm
>
> First of Season birds:  Winter Wren, Gray-cheeked Thrush, Palm Warbler
>
> --—Equitation Field     (Jim)
> White-breasted Nuthatch
> American Robin
> American Goldfinch
>
> ——Ridge    (Sally, Jim)
>
>
>
> *Black-and-white Warbler  American Redstart     2Northern Parula
>  Black-throated Green Warbler  *
> Red-bellied Woodpecker
> Northern Flicker
> Carolina Chickadee
> Tufted Titmouse
>
> ——Maintenance Yard
>
>
>
>
> *Black-and-white Warbler     2Common Yellowthroat  American Redstart
> 4Northern Parula     3Chestnut-sided Warbler     2*
> Mourning Dove     2
> *Barred Owl *
> Chimney Swift     2
> Red-bellied Woodpecker     2
> Downy Woodpecker     3
> Hairy Woodpecker     2
> Northern Flicker     4
> Pileated Woodpecker     2
> Great Crested Flycatcher
> Red-eyed Vireo     8+
> Blue Jay     7
> Fish Crow
> Carolina Chickadee     3
> White-breasted Nuthatch     2
> House Wren
> *Winter Wren *    FOS   (Tucker)
> Carolina Wren     2
> Eastern Bluebird
> *Gray-cheeked Thrush *    FOS  (Jim)
> Swainson's Thrush     2
> Wood Thrush
> American Robin     14+
> Gray Catbird     2
> Brown Thrasher     2
> Scarlet Tanager     2
> Northern Cardinal     2
> Rose-breasted Grosbeak     2
> Common Grackle     11+
> House Finch
>
> ——Dog Run    FOS  (Katherine)
> *Palm Warbler     11+*
>
> Contributors:  Bill Butler, Leon Kass, Susan Volman, John Boright, Lee
> Kimball, Tucker Scully, Shirley Putnam, Katharine Kravetz, Mat Sileo, Dan
> Eberly, Mardi Hastings, Matt Cohen, Sally Wechsler, Joanna Sturm, Susanna,
> Jim Phelps
>
> Have Fun Birding!
>
> Wallace Kornack
> Washington  DC
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Subject: Re: Need help w/ Sparrow ID. Could this be either Savanna or Lincolns, or is it just a Song sparrow?
From: Ted on Little Round Bay <akbar AT mac.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2016 08:29:24 -0700 (PDT)
Le vendredi 23 septembre 2016 11:27:23 UTC-4, Ted on Little Round Bay a 
écrit : 

> Hanging out on Phragmites at edge of our swamp, very secretive, completely 
silent. Eating grass seed and scratching ground, then flying back into the 
phrag. Made me wonder if might be something other than Song Sparrow. I have 
video and other views, if that is helpful. 


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Subject: Need help w/ Sparrow ID. Could this be either Savanna or Lincolns, or is it just a Song sparrow?
From: Ted on Little Round Bay <akbar AT mac.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2016 08:27:23 -0700 (PDT)
Hanging out on Phragmites at edge of our swamp, very secretive, completely 
silent. Eating grass seed and scratching ground, then flying back into the 
phrag. Made me wonder if might be something other than Song Sparrow. I have 
video and other views, if that is helpful. 


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Subject: Rock Creek Park, Friday 9/23/16
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace AT kornack.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2016 11:21:46 -0400
This morning (9/23) at Rock Creek Park…….

Fellow birders saw 7 warbler species: Black-and-white, Redstart, Parula, 
Black-throated Green, Yellowthroat, Chestnut-sided, Palm 


First of Season birds:  Winter Wren, Gray-cheeked Thrush, Palm Warbler

--—Equitation Field     (Jim)
White-breasted Nuthatch
American Robin
American Goldfinch

——Ridge    (Sally, Jim)
Black-and-white Warbler  
American Redstart     2
Northern Parula  
Black-throated Green Warbler  
Red-bellied Woodpecker  
Northern Flicker  
Carolina Chickadee  
Tufted Titmouse  

——Maintenance Yard
Black-and-white Warbler     2
Common Yellowthroat  
American Redstart     4
Northern Parula     3
Chestnut-sided Warbler     2
Mourning Dove     2
Barred Owl  
Chimney Swift     2
Red-bellied Woodpecker     2
Downy Woodpecker     3
Hairy Woodpecker     2
Northern Flicker     4
Pileated Woodpecker     2
Great Crested Flycatcher 
Red-eyed Vireo     8+
Blue Jay     7
Fish Crow  
Carolina Chickadee     3
White-breasted Nuthatch     2
House Wren   
Winter Wren     FOS   (Tucker)
Carolina Wren     2
Eastern Bluebird
Gray-cheeked Thrush     FOS  (Jim)
Swainson's Thrush     2
Wood Thrush  
American Robin     14+
Gray Catbird     2
Brown Thrasher     2
Scarlet Tanager     2
Northern Cardinal     2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak     2
Common Grackle     11+
House Finch  

——Dog Run    FOS  (Katherine)
Palm Warbler     11+

Contributors: Bill Butler, Leon Kass, Susan Volman, John Boright, Lee Kimball, 
Tucker Scully, Shirley Putnam, Katharine Kravetz, Mat Sileo, Dan Eberly, Mardi 
Hastings, Matt Cohen, Sally Wechsler, Joanna Sturm, Susanna, Jim Phelps 


Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington  DC

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Subject: Possible Swainson's Hawk Blue Mash
From: Brenton Reyner <brenton5432 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2016 11:11:27 -0400
Hi all,

I had what was possibly an intermediate morph Swainson's Hawk flyover at 10:30 
this morning at Blue Mash Nature Trail. Naturally, I forgot to put my memory 
card in my camera this morning so unfortunately I have no photos. I am not very 
confident on my ID of this bird because of this. However, on the chance that I 
am correct I thought I would post this and advise people in the area to keep 
their eyes peeled. I also had a kettle of 10 broad-winged Hawks in the same 
location so there may be some movement going on today. 


Good birding,

Brenton Reyner

Montgomery County

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Subject: Winter Finch Forecast
From: "Jlstasz via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 14:26:36 -0400
http://www.jeaniron.ca/2016/finchforecast16.htm

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Subject: First-of-fall Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Bethesda Backyard, Mont. Co.
From: "Jim Nelson" <kingfishers2 AT verizon.net>
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 13:54:18 -0400
Sitting out on the deck for lunch today, watching birds in our small backyard 
in Bethesda, we were pleased to see our first-of-fall Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, 
an immature bird. Taking a quick look at eBird, there is only one other report 
so far from Maryland (yesterday at Elk Neck State Park, Turkey Point, in Cecil 
County) , a couple just to the north in Pennsylvania (yesterday and today) and 
one, also today, at Royal Lake Park in Fairfax Co., Virginia, a bit to our 
south. Looking at my eBird records for the yard, our bird is right on time 
since our earliest fall sightings have been in the next-to-last week in 
September in prior years. So this is our autumnal equinox bird. 


Otherwise, we have had very few migrants in our yard this late summer and early 
fall. 


Jim Nelson
Bethesda, Maryland

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Subject: Re: Wharton Regional Park today, Sept 22
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 13:20:34 -0400
Obviously, WHEATON Regional Park ( darn auto- correct...)

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> On Sep 22, 2016, at 12:23 PM, Gail Mackiernan  wrote:
> 
> Hi all,
> 
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Subject: Wharton Regional Park today, Sept 22
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 12:23:33 -0400
Hi all,

We got to WRP a bit late due to traffic so missed some of the birds seen by 
Sally W. (posted earlier) - but still a very good day with lots of early 
activity near the white house, then near the lake. We later went over to 
Brookside Gardens but no sign of yesterday's OSFL. There had obviously been a 
changeover, far fewer catbirds, we ourselves no thrashers, different warblers 
etc. We personally had 8 warbler species and obviously there were others 
around, maybe all in all some 12-13 species. Still a lot of hummingbirds in 
Brookside Gardens (at the Spanish Flag vines, need to get some of this!)- 
delighting the photographers. Double-digits of Monarchs as well, good to see... 


Gail Mackiernan and Barry Cooper
Colesville, MD

Wheaton Regional Park and Brookside Gardens, Montgomery, Maryland, US
Sep 22, 2016 7:35 AM - 10:35 AM
42 species, birds of interest below:

Wood Duck  9
Great Blue Heron  1
Osprey  1     Flyover
Red-shouldered Hawk  2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  4 Brookside Gardens 
Northern Flicker  8
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  2
Eastern Phoebe  2
Red-eyed Vireo  9
Blue Jay 25 Passing over in small groups and in trees throughout; very vocal 

Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
House Wren  4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Swainson's Thrush  3
American Robin  65     Estimate
Gray Catbird  15     Decline from yesterday
Cedar Waxwing  15
Black-and-white Warbler  6
Common Yellowthroat  5
American Redstart  12
Northern Parula  5
Magnolia Warbler  15 (2 in Brookside Gardens)
Blackburnian Warbler  4
Chestnut-sided Warbler  2
Blackpoll Warbler  2
Chipping Sparrow  2
Eastern Towhee  2
Scarlet Tanager  1
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  1     Adult male

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Subject: Elliott Island Road, Blackwater N.W.R. & Ferry Neck, September 15-20, 2016.
From: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 15:31:49 +0000
FERRY NECK, ELLIOTT ISLAND ROAD, BLACKWATER N.W.R., SEPTEMBER 15-20, 2016. Liz 
& Harry Armistead. SEPTEMBER 17, 21st Dorchester County Fall Bird Count (in 
part). 



SEPTEMBER 15, THURSDAY. Arrive at Ferry Neck, Rigby’s Folly, 2:45. Snowy 
Egret wing feathers are all over the yard, apparently the bird was predated 
recently. Rain gauge empty since last visit in late August. Osprey 3, Downy 
Woodpecker 1, Bald Eagle 2 adults & 1 immature, Wild Turkey 11 at the driveway 
bend, Great Egret 1, Northern Flicker 4, and Forster’s Tern 1 plus a Monarch, 
a Gray Squirrel, a deer in Field 1, and a Diamondback Terrapin. Canada Goose 
heard only. Overcast, becoming fair, 77-72, NE10, very dry. 



SEPTEMBER 16, FRIDAY. BALD EAGLE 14, one of the highest property counts, such a 
good time of year for them here. A compact kettle of 7. Later 2 at Irish Creek 
mouth, an adult and a sub-adult, talon-clasp and cartwheel through the air. 
Often one sees them seeming to attempt talon-clasping but to see them actually 
cartwheel through the air with talons locked is not a common sight. Not many 
birds around today. 



Also: Osprey 5, House Wren 1, Royal Tern 2, Forster’s Tern 3, Double-crested 
Cormorant 7, Black Vulture 4, American Redstart 1, Snowy Egret 2, Common 
Grackle 1, Great Egret 1. NON-AVIAN TAXA: a FOX SQUIRREL on Lucy Point Trail as 
seen from the driveway bend. Gray Squirrel 4. BUTTERFLIES: Red-spotted Purple, 
Buckeye, Monarch, Pearl Crescent. At The Pond: 21 frogs - Green Frogs and 
Southern Leopard Frogs. 



Lots of leaves fallen from the drought, especially those of our 2 Yellow 
(Tulip) Poplars. Soy beans in the fields mostly obscured by a rank, wheat-like 
plant 3’-4’ high. 66-78, clear or mostly overcast variously, NE10. Did work 
on all trails except Lucy Point and the Olszewski Trail. 



SEPTEMBER 17, SATURDAY. ELLIOTT ISLAND ROAD (1 of 10 segments of the 21st 
Dorchester County Fall Bird Count) in its entirety plus Lewis Wharf Road, 
Vienna, portions of Griffith Neck Road, Henrys Crossroad, Bestpitch bridge at 
Transquaking River, and Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge Kuehnle Tract. 
Harry Armistead solo. I’ll report on the combined results of all 10 areas 
soon. 



Canada goose 53, wood duck 1, American black duck 9, mallard 2, green-winged 
teal 1, double-crested cormorant 26, brown pelican 2, great blue heron 11, 
great egret 21, snowy egret 9, tricolored heron 4, green heron 1, black-crowned 
night heron 1, glossy ibis 3, 



black vulture 5, turkey vulture 122, osprey 10 (high for this time of year 
here), bald eagle 23 (low), northern harrier 7, red-shouldered hawk 1, 
[broad-winged hawk 1 d.o.r. immature; not counted], red-tailed hawk 3, clapper 
rail 6, Virginia rail 33, sora 1, common gallinule 2 (low), 



black-bellied plover 1, semipalmated plover 1, killdeer 1, spotted sandpiper 1, 
greater yellowlegs 15, lesser yellowlegs 2, least sandpiper 17, pectoral 
sandpiper 2, semipalmated sandpiper 5, Wilson’s snipe 2, laughing gull 285, 
ring-billed gull 1 (last species of the day), herring gull 46, great 
black-backed gull 1, Caspian tern 1, Forster’s tern 8 (low), royal tern 14, 



rock pigeon 1 (Vienna), mourning dove 11, yellow-billed cuckoo 1, eastern 
screech-owl 2, great horned owl 1, belted kingfisher 4, red-headed woodpecker 
3, red-bellied woodpecker 2, downy woodpecker 10, hairy woodpecker 1, 



American kestrel 2, merlin 2 (1 in spectacular but unsuccessful pursuit of a 
least sandpiper), eastern wood-pewee 1, great crested flycatcher 2, eastern 
kingbird 2, white-eyed vireo 3 (2 of them singing), red-eyed vireo 6, blue jay 
12, American crow 28, horned lark 1, tree swallow 26, barn swallow 4, Carolina 
chickadee 35, tufted titmouse 29, brown-headed nuthatch 20, 



marsh wren 6, Carolina wren 13, eastern bluebird 1, northern mockingbird 9, 
European starling 265, black-and-white warbler 6, common yellowthroat 2, 
American redstart 6, northern parula 1, pine warbler 18 (several in song), 



eastern towhee 1, Savannah sparrow 3, seaside sparrow 6, swamp sparrow 1, 
summer tanager 1, northern cardinal 3 (unbelievably low), blue grosbeak 2, 
indigo bunting 1, bobolink 26 (in sorghum), red-winged blackbird 158, common 
grackle 250, boat-tailed grackle, brown-headed cowbird 7. 



EFFORT & WEATHER: 90 species (4 more than last fall’s count). 5 A.M. - 7:30 
P.M., 102 miles by car, 2 on foot, 5 owling. 6 hours by car, 8.5 hours on foot 
(mostly standing next to the car), 1.5 hours owling Clear with either no clouds 
or c.10% cloud cover, 57 - 86 degrees F., winds variable NE<5, or calm, or NE 
10, SW10-15+. Nice and calm in the morning. Very dry. Tides at McCready’s 
Creek: low 9:20 A.M., low 3:30 P.M. Sunrise 6:47, sunset 7:08. Moon essentially 
full, 1 day past total full (99% visible) yet tides not especially extreme. 
There was no flight of passerines or neotrops today. 5 species of warblers was 
el stinko. 



MOST SURPRISING MISSES: Even considering this is a funny time of year for some 
common birds, I was surprised to miss: robin, goldfinch, fish crow, house wren, 
house sparrow, catbird, and chipping sparrow. 



NON-AVIAN TAXA: Not much. Sika Deer 3, White-tailed Deer 4, the only mammals. 
BUTTERFLIES: Black Swallowtail 4, unIDd large blackish swallowtails 9, 
Red-spotted Purple 3, Orange Sulphur 5, Variegated Fritillary 1, Monarch 2, 
Cloudless Sulphur 30, Buckeye 2, Spicebush Swallowtail 3, and Cabbage White 2. 
Painted Turtle 1, the only turtle. Southern Leopard Frog 3. Black Ratsnake: a 
3’ individual on the road, alive. Seaside Dragonlet 12. What I call, perhaps 
incorrectly, Scissorgrinder Cicada 9. 



THANKS to Matt Whitbeck of B.N.W.R. for assisting my entry into the Kuehnle 
Tract by having the key mailed to me. I visited there in the hot, early 
afternoon and found 18 species: great blue heron 3, turkey vulture 15, bald 
eagle 6, red-shouldered hawk 1, red-tailed hawk 2, greater yellowlegs 4, 
laughing gull 30, belted kingfisher 1, red-headed woodpecker 2, downy 
woodpecker 3, blue jay 2, American crow 3, Carolina chickadee 7, tufted 
titmouse 4, brown-headed nuthatch 3, Carolina wren 2, American redstart 1, and 
pine warbler 4 plus 2 ska deer. 



Liz is at RIGBY’S FOLLY today and sees a PIED-BILLED GREBE (only about the 
9th record) and a YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER (only about the 7th record), plus a 
Black-and-white Warbler, a Snowy Egret, a Great Egret, a Bald Eagle, a Belted 
Kingfisher, a Green Heron, and a Great Blue Heron plus a 7” skink and 2 Gray 
Squirrels. 



SEPTEMBER 18, SUNDAY. BLACKWATER N.W.R. a “guided birding tour”, 10 
observers, with Harry Armistead, Liz Armistead, Carole Campbell, Tom Cimino, 
Cathy Cooper, Glenn Kahl, Barbara Umbenhauer, Deb Shope, and, a cameo 
appearance by Diane & Levin Willey. Complete list below, includes some species 
seen before or after the official tour, including a few birds from Egypt Road 
and Cambridge. 7:15 A.M. - 12:30 P.M. (tour from 8 - noon). 74-86, SW15, fair, 
tidal water high, fresh water low. 54 species: 



Canada goose 0 (!), American black duck 1, mallard 3, blue-winged teal 2, 
green-winged teal 11, double-crested cormorant 21 (mostly on the wooden 
structure at Sewards), American white pelican 3, great blue heron 6, great 
egret 5, snowy egret 5, turkey vulture 26, bald eagle 16, black-bellied plover 
1, semipalmated plover 4, killdeer 18, greater yellowlegs 8, lesser yellowlegs 
8, stilt sandpiper 1, least sandpiper 14, pectoral sandpiper 22, semipalmated 
sandpiper 20, laughing gull 65, ring-billed gull 8 (at Sewards), herring gull 
4, great black-backed gull 2 (latter 2 species at Cambridge Malkus Bridge), 
Caspian tern 5, Forster’s tern 76, 



rock pigeon 29 (Cambridge), mourning dove 10, belted kingfisher 1, red-headed 
woodpecker 4 (1 of them an immature), downy woodpecker 1, American kestrel 5 (4 
on Egypt Road), eastern wood pewee 1, eastern kingbird 2, blue jay 4, American 
crow12, Carolina chickadee 3, tufted titmouse 3, brown-headed nuthatch3, 
Carolina wren 4, blue-gray gnatcatcher 1, eastern bluebird 4, American robin 30 
(Cambridge), northern mockingbird 3, European starling 70, pine warbler 1, 
chipping sparrow 6, northern cardinal 3, blue grosbeak 3, bobolink 5 (in 
sunflowers), red-winged blackbird 60, and brown-headed cowbird 300 (Cambridge). 



Remarkable today and yesterday are large, brilliant fields full of Long-bracted 
Tickseed Sunflowers (Bidens polylepis). Thanks to Jane Hill, botanist, author, 
and translator (and friend), who a few days ago wrote the information for this 
attractive plant on the refuge clipboard page for interesting sightings in the 
Visitor Center. These plants grow in extensive stands and right now their 
yellow in the fields is almost blinding at times. Jane and Bill Hill have 
helped out on the Nassawadox, Virginia, Christmas Bird Count that I compile and 
have been on bird walks I’ve done at Blackwater. Some of Jane’s publishing: 



Plant Structure: Function and Development: A Treatise on Anatomy and Vegetative 
Development, with Special Reference to Woody Plants 
 by John A. 
Romberger, 
Zygmunt 
Hejnowicz, Jane 
F. Hill 



Chemical Research on Plant Growth: A Translation of Theodore de Saussure's 
Recherches Chimiques Sur La Vegetation by Jane F. Hill 
 
by Nicolas Théodore De 
Saussure, 
Jane F. Hill 
(Translation). 



BACK AT FERRY NECK in late afternoon. On the dock 5:30-6:45, complete list: 
Double-crested Cormorant 1, Osprey 2, Bald Eagle 1, Laughing Gull 12, 
Forster’s Tern 1, Carolina Wren 1, Great Egret 2 (vocal, sounds like Cope’s 
Gray Tree Frog slightly), Snowy Egret 1, Great Blue Heron 1, American Robin 21 
(going to roost somewhere down Anderby Hall Road), Ring-billed Gull 1, Northern 
Flicker 1, and American Crow 3 plus a Diamondback Terrapin. This is the 1st 
year I can remember when no Cow-nosed Rays have been seen here. At 7:08 P.M. a 
doe and 2 small fawns are in Field 4. 



SEPTEMBER 19, MONDAY. Great Egret 1, Snowy Egret 1, Osprey 1, Yellow-billed 
Cuckoo 1, Belted Kingfisher 2. Limited birding due to the much-needed rain, I 
suspect [incorrectly] the remnants of Tropical Storm Julia: 0.5” by 9 A.M., 
total of 2.3” by 2:45 P.M. Steady rain, fine but thick drizzle interspersed 
with pulses of rather heavy rain. A Snapping Turtle, 1’ carapace, on the road 
at Newcomb S of Royal Oak. An eastern screech-owl calls 3 times at 7:55 P.M. 
Overcast, E<5, 74-70-72, one of those days where the temperature doesn’t vary 
more than 4-5 degrees F. Rain stops in mid-afternoon. A doe and 2 fawns in 
Field 1. A baby squirrel following its mother in the yard plus another random 
adult later. 



SEPTEMBER 20, TUESDAY. Two does in Field 4. Rain: a trace. Overcast, NE5+, 71. 
Leave at 9:30 A.M. Route 481, Ruthsburg area: Canada goose 25 (had the looks of 
real migrants), bald eagle 1, blue grosbeak 1, American kestrel 1. Middletown, 
DE: 225 brown-headed cowbirds. For some reason Middletown attracts big numbers 
of cowbirds. 



Best to all. - Harry Armistead, Philadelphia.

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Subject: Rock Creek Park, Thursday 9/22/16
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace AT kornack.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 11:20:46 -0400
This morning (9/22) at Rock Creek Park……

Fellow birders saw 9 warbler species: Black-and-white, Black-throated Green, 
Redstart, Chestnut-sided, Yellowthroat, Parula, Magnolia, Bay-breasted, 
Black-throated Blue 


Additional highlights: FOS Warbling Vireo, FOS Brown-headed Cowbird, Summer 
Tanager 


——Equitation Field
Black-and-white Warbler     2
Black-throated Green Warbler  
Mourning Dove     2
Chimney Swift     3
Northern Flicker     3
Pileated Woodpecker  
Eastern Wood-Pewee     4
Carolina Chickadee     3
Tufted Titmouse     4
White-breasted Nuthatch  
Carolina Wren  
Wood Thrush  
American Robin      20+
Brown Thrasher  
Common Grackle     4
Brown-headed Cowbird    FOS   3

——Ridge
Black-and-white Warbler  
American Redstart  
Chestnut-sided Warbler    2
Tufted Titmouse  
White-breasted Nuthatch     3
Carolina Wren  
American Robin     9
Eastern Towhee  
Common Grackle     2

——Maintenance Yard
Black-and-white Warbler     4
Common Yellowthroat     2
American Redstart     5
Northern Parula     2
Magnolia Warbler     3
Bay-breasted Warbler      (Will)
Black-throated Blue Warbler  
Black-throated Green Warbler  
Common Nighthawk  
Chimney Swift     2
Red-bellied Woodpecker     3
Downy Woodpecker     2
Hairy Woodpecker  
Northern Flicker     4
Pileated Woodpecker     2
Warbling Vireo    FOS   (Will)
Red-eyed Vireo     8+
Blue Jay     6
American Crow     2
Carolina Chickadee  
Tufted Titmouse  
White-breasted Nuthatch     2
Carolina Wren     6
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  
Veery  
Swainson's Thrush     2
Wood Thrush     2
American Robin     6
Gray Catbird     5
Brown Thrasher     3
Summer Tanager     (Bill)
Scarlet Tanager     3
Northern Cardinal     3
Rose-breasted Grosbeak     2

Contributors: Bill Butler, Will McPhail, Leon Kass, Jim Lemert, Dan Eberly, 
Katharine Kravetz, Paul DeAnna 


Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington  DC

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Subject: Wheaton Thur Fall Fallout
From: sjtaken AT gmail.com
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 07:13:29 -0700 (PDT)
Hi All:
 A brilliant day at Wheaton REgional today. Large number of birds came in right 
at sunrise to the trees along the tracks and then dispersed. Thankfully many of 
the birds reappeared near the tracks and the lake later in full sun. A kestrel 
was sitting high in a tree in the parking lot for quite awhile then flew off. 
The wood duck population is growing. 


sally wech
silver spring, md


Wood Duck 10
American Black Duck 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Mourning Dove 3
Chimney Swift 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 2
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 3
Pileated Woodpecker 1
American Kestrel 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
Empidonax sp. 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
Red-eyed Vireo 3
Blue Jay 25
Carolina Chickadee 3
Tufted Titmouse 4
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
House Wren 1
Carolina Wren 3
Eastern Bluebird 2
Gray-cheeked Thrush 1
Swainson's Thrush 2
Wood Thrush 1
American Robin 50
Gray Catbird 2
Brown Thrasher 1
European Starling 4
Cedar Waxwing 12
Black-and-white Warbler 4
Tennessee Warbler 2
Common Yellowthroat 1
American Redstart 4
Northern Parula 2
Magnolia Warbler 2
Blackburnian Warbler 1
Bay-breasted/Blackpoll Warbler 1
Black-throated Blue Warbler 1
Black-throated Green Warbler 1
Scarlet Tanager 1
Northern Cardinal 3
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1

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Subject: Eastern Screech Owl
From: Karen Caruso <karen.caruso AT verizon.net>
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 03:14:00 -0700 (PDT)
Home-Butternut Rd, Riva MD 21140, Anne Arundel, Maryland, US
Sep 22, 2016 5:35 AM - 5:45 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     Annual event
1 species

Eastern Screech-Owl  1

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Subject: Re: Patuxent River Park - Palm Warbler, audible Sora, 'Harvest Moon' rise
From: "Dave Mitchell (Howard County)" <mitch.design.srvc AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2016 19:26:26 -0700 (PDT)
And another. Technically there are birds in these shots. Extra credit for the 
ID. 



https://www.flickr.com/photos/139451146 AT N07/29762193201/in/album-72157665897035025/ 


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Subject: Re: Patuxent River Park - Palm Warbler, audible Sora, 'Harvest Moon' rise
From: "Dave Mitchell (Howard County)" <mitch.design.srvc AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2016 19:24:38 -0700 (PDT)
Karen,

I spent the afternoon waiting at Sandy Point for moonrise, had it planned to be 
next to the lighthouse. As you saw it was magnificent. 



https://www.flickr.com/photos/139451146 AT N07/29218869093/in/album-72157665897035025/ 


Worth the wait, more in the Album

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Subject: Turkey Point today
From: Patricia Valdata <pvaldata1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2016 14:26:59 -0400
The hawk watch was a little slow today, but we had our first kettle of
Broad-winged Hawks: a small one of 21 birds, still cool to watch. Around
9:30 a nice flock of warblers flew into the trees near the hawk watch, and
I was pleased to be able to ID Magnolia, Palm, Black and White,
Chestnut-sided, Cape May, and American Redstart I could not ID one that I
had only a quick glimpse of, but it had a bright yellow breast and abdomen,
solid green back. Never saw the head, unfortunately. Also had a Blue-headed
Vireo and several Blue-Gray Gnatcatchers in that flock.

Other birds of note include a Red-breasted Nuthatch and Red-headed
Woodpecker. Blue Jays are gathering; I had more than 200 during the 4.5
hours I was there. Lots of red and blue today!

Pat Valdata
Elkton, MD

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Subject: Davidsonville Area Park: Killdeer, Green Heron, Red-eyed Vireo
From: Karen Caruso <karen.caruso AT verizon.net>
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2016 10:57:11 -0700 (PDT)
Davidsonville Park, Anne Arundel, Maryland, US
Sep 21, 2016 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
15 species

Great Blue Heron  1
Green Heron  1
Black Vulture  2
Killdeer  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Red-eyed Vireo  1
American Crow  3
Fish Crow  1
Carolina Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Eastern Bluebird  3
Gray Catbird  2
Northern Cardinal  2
American Goldfinch  2

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Subject: Podcast Interview with Chan Robbins
From: Marcia Watson <marshwren50 AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2016 12:34:33 -0400
Maryland's own Chan Robbins is featured in a podcast interview on Bird Calls 
Radio. The following announcement is from today's Birding Wire newsletter and 
contains a link to the podcast. 

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Chandler S. Robbins on BirdCallsRadio
Wednesday September 21, 2016   |          

Please Join BirdCallsRadio for our next guest Chandler S. Robbins and the first 
in our new series called 
 For The Record: Legacy Interview" with Chandler S. 
Robbins 

Click here to Listen:  http://birdcallsradio.com/episode-83-chandler-s-robbins/

Chandler S. Robbins (fondly know as Chan) is the Founder of the Annual North 
American Breeding Bird Survey – the groundbreaking program he organized in 
1966 to monitor avian populations trends – and co-author of the highly 
respected "Birds of North America: A Guide to Field Identification" published 
in the same year. The esteemed scientist remains passionate about his work 
today! 


Show Notes:
• Chandler Robbins recently celebrated his 98th birthday
• Patuxent Wildlife Research Center "Emiritus War Room"
• Chandler was banding birds in 1937 under a permit issued to his father.
• Robbins study & published the effects of the pesticide DDT in 1950's 
sprayed on breeding bird populations in forests. 

• North American Breeding Bird Survey
• Co-Authored A Guide to Field Identification, Golden Press in 1966.
• Negotiated the first treaty USA/Soviet Union Migratory Bird Treaty 1976.
• Laysan Albatross "Wisdom" Robbins banded in 1956.
• Wrote The Early Years chapter in The History of Patuxent.
• Currently writing and completing a History of Breeding Bird Atlas in the 
New World for a publication by The Nuttall Ornithological Club, among other 
projects. 



Subscribe and listen to BirdCallsRadio at: 
http://birdcallsradio.com/#http://birdcallsradio.com/ 

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Marcia Watson
Bowie, Maryland
marshwren50 AT comcast.net

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Subject: Olive-sided FL at Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, Md
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2016 12:11:29 -0400
Hi all, 

Just back from Maine, where migration was amazing, and first time at Wheaton 
Regional Park for over a week. Several of us today were bemoaning the fact that 
this year we had seen no OSFL at Wheaton Regional Park or Brookside, where they 
are regular in autumn. So imagine our delight to find one sitting up on a snag 
near Brookside Garden's Conservatory's parking lot (that is, not the visitor 
center lot, but where they have the butterfly exhibit). 


Besides that it was, all in all, a pretty good morning despite the overcast 
skies. A lot of migrants, mostly larger species like robins, jays and catbirds 
but we had 10 species of warbler and other birders added two more (Magnolia and 
Yellowthroat). Best for us was a bright Nashville at WRP and a dapper Northern 
Waterthrush in Brookside's native plant garden. Other good birds were 6 Brown 
Thrashers and 3 Swainson's Thrushes. Quite a few hummingbirds still in the 
gardens, as well as double-digits of Monarchs. 


Still need a good cold front - and some of those Maine warblers to visit us 
here! 


Gail Mackiernan and Barry Cooper
Colesville, Md

Wheaton Regional Park and Brookside Gardens, Montgomery, Maryland, US
Sep 21, 2016 7:30 AM - 10:00 AM
49 species ; birds of interest:

Wood Duck  8     2 males, 6 females
Green Heron  1     Adult, Brookside Nature Ctr. Pond
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1     High fly-over to SE
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Chimney Swift  2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 5 Brookside Gardens, feeding on orange-flowering vine 
- all females or immatures. 

Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  8
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Olive-sided Flycatcher  1    
Eastern Wood-Pewee  2
Red-eyed Vireo  3
Blue Jay 25 Two small flocks overhead, also scattered individuals throughout 

House Wren  4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  2
Swainson's Thrush  3
Wood Thrush  1
American Robin  65     Estimate
Gray Catbird  30     About a dozen of these were in Brookside Gardens.
Brown Thrasher  6     5 WRP,  1 Brookside
Cedar Waxwing  8
Northern Waterthrush  1     Brookside native plant garden
Black-and-white Warbler  2
Nashville Warbler  2
American Redstart  5
Northern Parula  2
Blackburnian Warbler  1
Chestnut-sided Warbler  1
Blackpoll Warbler  1
Black-throated Green Warbler  1
Chipping Sparrow  5
Scarlet Tanager  1
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  3

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31688884

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Subject: Rock Creek Park, Wednesday 9/21/16
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace AT kornack.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2016 10:46:17 -0400
This morning (9/21) in the maintenance yard of Rock Creek Park……

Fellow birders saw 6 warbler species and yet another Summer Tanager. Other 
interesting birds are highlighted. 


Black-and-white Warbler  
Tennessee Warbler  
Common Yellowthroat  
American Redstart     4
Northern Parula      4
Magnolia Warbler     2
Cooper's Hawk  
Mourning Dove     6
Common Nighthawk  
Chimney Swift  
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  
Red-bellied Woodpecker     5
Downy Woodpecker     2
Hairy Woodpecker     3
Northern Flicker     5
Pileated Woodpecker     3
Eastern Wood-Pewee     5
Red-eyed Vireo     4
Blue Jay     3
American Crow     3
Carolina Chickadee     5
Tufted Titmouse     2
White-breasted Nuthatch     6
House Wren  
Carolina Wren     2
Swainson's Thrush     3
Wood Thrush     3
American Robin         19
Gray Catbird        2
Brown Thrasher     3
Eastern Towhee  
Summer Tanager      (Bill)
Scarlet Tanager     3
Northern Cardinal     3
Rose-breasted Grosbeak     4
Common Grackle     64+
American Goldfinch  

Contributors: Bill Butler, Leon Kass, John Williamson, Susan Volman, Jim 
Lemert, Katharine Kravetz, Mat Sileo 


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Wallace Kornack
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Subject: Cromwell Valley Park & city hawkwatch, 09/20/16
From: Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 20:24:28 -0400
09/20/16 – 745am-1130am

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



WEATHER: MC/Overcast, 67-74 degrees, NW 4 mph- NE 9 mph   OBS: 17



Turkey Vulture – 1 (on way out)

Sharp-shinned Hawk – 1

Rock Pigeon – 8

Mourning Dove – 3

Chimney Swift – 3

Ruby-throated Hummingbird – 1

Belted Kingfisher – 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker – 1

Downy Woodpecker – 2

Hairy Woodpecker – 1

Northern Flicker – 2

Eastern Wood-Pewee – 3

Red-eyed Vireo – 2

Blue Jay – 8

American Crow – 1

Carolina Chickadee – 8

Tufted Titmouse – 4

White-breasted Nuthatch – 2

Carolina Wren – 2

House Wren – 1

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher – 1

Eastern Bluebird – 4

American Robin – 8

Gray Catbird – 2

Northern Mockingbird – 4

Brown Thrasher – 1

European Starling – 5

Tennessee Warbler – 1

Common Yellowthroat – 4

Chestnut-sided Warbler – 2

Magnolia Warbler – 2

Black-and-white Warbler – 3

American Redstart – 5

Chipping Sparrow – 2

Northern Cardinal – 4

Red-winged Blackbird – 2

House Finch – 4

American Goldfinch – 11

SPECIES: 38   INDIVIDUALS: 120




09/20/16 – 930am-1110am

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



WEATHER: MC/Overcast, 71-72 degrees, N 6 mph- NE 9 mph    OBS: 17



Turkey Vulture – 1

Osprey – 1

Mourning Dove – 2

Chimney Swift – 2

Ruby-throated Hummingbird – 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker – 1

Downy Woodpecker – 2

Northern Flicker – 1

Eastern Wood-Pewee – 2

Acadian Flycatcher – 1

Traill’s Sp – 3

Alder Flycatcher – 1 (notes via ebird)

Willow Flycatcher – 1 (notes via ebird)

Empidonax Sp – 1

Least Flycatcher – 1

Red-eyed Vireo – 1

Blue Jay – 5

American Crow – 2

Carolina Chickadee – 5

Tufted Titmouse – 2

White-breasted Nuthatch – 1

Carolina Wren – 1

House Wren – 4

Eastern Bluebird – 8

American Robin – 1

Gray Catbird – 4

European Starling – 6

Cedar Waxwing – 1

Ovenbird – 1

Tennessee Warbler – 1

Common Yellowthroat – 8

Black-and-white Warbler – 2

Yellow Warbler – 1

Chestnut-sided Warbler – 2

Magnolia Warbler – 1

Palm Warbler – 1 (western)

American Redstart – 3

Chipping Sparrow – 2

Song Sparrow – 4

Northern Cardinal – 3

Bobolink – 1

House Finch – 6

American Goldfinch – 8

SPECIES: 41   INDIVIDUALS: 106




09/20/16 – 1020am-1030am

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



WEATHER: MC, 72 degrees, NE 8 mph   OBS: 17



Turkey Vulture – 1

Osprey – 1

Cooper’s Hawk – 1

Mourning Dove – 1

Downy Woodpecker – 1

Blue Jay – 1

Eastern Bluebird – 8

American Robin – 2

European Starling – 2

Chipping Sparrow – 1

Brown-headed Cowbird – 1

House Finch – 6

American Goldfinch – 12

SPECIES: 13   INDIVIDUALS: 38





09/20/16 – 1150am-230pm (was planning to stay till 4pm but cut short for
meeting at 330pm)

Hilltop Ridge – hawkwatch site, Baltimore, MD



Black Vulture – 1

Turkey Vulture – 5

Osprey – 2

Bald Eagle – 5 (4 adults, 1 immature)

Sharp-shinned Hawk – 1

Cooper’s Hawk – 2

Red-shouldered Hawk – 1

Broad-winged Hawk – 13

Red-tailed Hawk – 1

American Kestrel – 1

Merlin – 1



1150am-12pm: 2 TV, 1 RT

      12pm-1pm: 1 TV, 1 OS, 3 BE, 1 CH

        1pm-2pm: 2 TV, 1 OS, 1 BE, 1 SS, 1 CH, 1 RS, 13 BW, 1 AK, 1 ML

    2pm-230pm: 1 BV, 1 BE


Also migrating were several Blue Jays, Flickers, House Finches.  I woods
were thrasher, 2 rose-breasted grosbeak and red eyed vireo.



    Kevin Graff
    Jarrettsville, MD
    Keyweststyle2001 AT gmail.com

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Subject: Connecticut Warbler at Cromwell
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 16:24:37 -0400
Between boxes 9 and 10 on blue trail. 

Tim Carney/Ryan Johnson
Baltimore 

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Subject: RE: Swan Creek highlights 9/20
From: "David Fleischmann" <david AT macappraisals.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 14:09:38 -0400
I hope they stick around until Sat.  Nice finds!!!

Awesome Birding in 2016!!

Hugh David Fleischmann
Owings Mills, MD 21117
C-410-598-9292
david AT macappraisals.com

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Sent: Tuesday, September 20, 2016 2:02 PM
To: 'Bill Hubick' via Maryland & DC Birding
Subject: [MDBirding] Swan Creek highlights 9/20

Still going, but highlights so far...

Connecticut Warbler: road to wetlands, 3/4 of the way down on the left, not 
relocated 


King Rail: one on each side of the road through the wetlands

Plus a bunch of shorebirds moving around the cells. 9+ American Golden-Plovers, 
5+ Black-bellied Plovers, 2 Baird's Sandpipers, etc. 


Full census list later. 

Tim Carney
Nottingham, MD

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Subject: Swan Creek highlights 9/20
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 14:02:13 -0400
Still going, but highlights so far...

Connecticut Warbler: road to wetlands, 3/4 of the way down on the left, not 
relocated 


King Rail: one on each side of the road through the wetlands

Plus a bunch of shorebirds moving around the cells. 9+ American Golden-Plovers, 
5+ Black-bellied Plovers, 2 Baird's Sandpipers, etc. 


Full census list later. 

Tim Carney
Nottingham, MD

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Subject: San Fran Guide
From: Hugh David Fleischmann <david AT macappraisals.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 12:52:53 -0400
Does anyone know of Daniel Edelstein from San Francisco area? He is a birding 
guide. Would love any thoughts you have. I am thinking of using him for my 
guide in October. Thanks. 


Amazing Birding in 2016!

Hugh David Fleischmann
Owings Mills, MD 21117
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Subject: Rock Creek Park, Tuesday 9/20/16
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace AT kornack.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 11:19:08 -0400
This morning (9/20) at Rock Creek Park…….

Fellow birders saw 6 warbler species and two rare birds—Summer Tanager and 
Red-headed Woodpecker. 


——Maintenance Yard
Common Yellowthroat     3
Hooded Warbler       (Leon, Jim)
American Redstart     2
Northern Parula     3
Chestnut-sided Warbler  
Black-throated Green Warbler     2
Mourning Dove  
Red-bellied Woodpecker     4
Downy Woodpecker     2
Hairy Woodpecker     2
Pileated Woodpecker  
Eastern Wood-Pewee     3
Great Crested Flycatcher  
Red-eyed Vireo     6
American Crow  
Carolina Chickadee     6
Tufted Titmouse     3
White-breasted Nuthatch     3
House Wren     3
Carolina Wren     2
Veery  
Wood Thrush  
American Robin     14
Brown Thrasher  
Summer Tanager     (Sharon)
Scarlet Tanager     4
Northern Cardinal     2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak     2
Common Grackle     2
House Finch  
American Goldfinch     2

——Nature Center
Mourning Dove
Red-headed Woodpecker     (Marina)
American Robin     5

Contributors: Bill Butler, Leon Kass, Jim Lemert, Sharon Forsyth Jeff Shenot, 
Will McPhail, Marina True, Mat Sileo, 


Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington  DC

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Subject: Lois Y. Green Conservation Park -- Sep 20, 2016
From: john pangborn <pangborn.john19 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 08:13:57 -0700
Submitted from eBird Android 1.3

6 Canada Goose - null
2 Wood Duck - null
11 Mallard - null
1 Great Blue Heron - null
1 Accipiter sp. - null
1 Red-shouldered Hawk - null
1 Belted Kingfisher - null
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker - null
1 Pileated Woodpecker - null
10 Blue Jay - null
5 American Crow - null
2 Tufted Titmouse - null
4 Carolina Wren - null
3 Eastern Bluebird - null
2 American Robin - null
3 Gray Catbird
1 Northern Mockingbird - null
1 House Finch - null
4 American Goldfinch - null

Number of Taxa: 19
John pangborn
Gaithersburg mdmd

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Subject: Re: Brown Booby reported Sunday 9/18
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2016 10:04:19 -0700 (PDT)
On Monday, September 19, 2016 at 12:42:30 PM UTC-4, Tyler Bell wrote:
> David Littlepage reported a Brown Booby near Rock Hall, Kent County. This 
location is basically directly east of the mouth of the Patapsco River and 
ultimately the entrance to Baltimore Harbor. Could it be one of the birds from 
last year returning? Be on the lookout! 

> 
> 
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31644410
> Tyler Bell
> jtylerbell AT yahoo.com
> California, Maryland

They're on the move. A high count of 34 were seen the same day on Lake 
Pontchartrain in LA. 


Rick Sussman
Woodbine,MD

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Subject: Stilt Sandpiper-Swan Harbor (Harford Co.)
From: Mark Johnson <mj3151 AT outlook.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2016 12:55:55 -0400
There's a Stilt Sandpiper among other shore birds in a wet area back near the 
model airplane field to the right of the entrance road as you come in to Swan 
Harbor. If you drive just past the driveway that goes off to the right to the 
airplane field, there's a wet ditch/swale that runs between corn stubble fields 
back to the right where there's currently a rain-puddly area. The flock is 
visible from the road with a scope. 

 
Mark Johnson
Aberdeen
 		 	   		  

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Subject: Brown Booby reported Sunday 9/18
From: "'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2016 16:42:23 +0000 (UTC)
David Littlepage reported a Brown Booby near Rock Hall, Kent County. This 
location is basically directly east of the mouth of the Patapsco River and 
ultimately the entrance to Baltimore Harbor. Could it be one of the birds from 
last year returning? Be on the lookout! 



http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31644410
Tyler Bell
jtylerbell AT yahoo.com
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Subject: Rock Creek Park, Monday 6/19/16
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace AT kornack.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2016 10:55:51 -0400
This morning (9/19) at Rock Creek Park maintenance yard……

Common Yellowthroat     3
American Redstart     2   along fence line   (Jim)
Northern Parula     2
Mourning Dove  
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  
Red-bellied Woodpecker     4
Downy Woodpecker     2
Hairy Woodpecker  
Northern Flicker     3
Pileated Woodpecker     2
Eastern Wood-Pewee  
Great Crested Flycatcher     2
Red-eyed Vireo     5
Blue Jay  
Carolina Chickadee     2
Tufted Titmouse     3
White-breasted Nuthatch     5
House Wren     2
Carolina Wren     5
Veery  
American Robin     11
Eastern Towhee  
Scarlet Tanager 
Northern Cardinal     6
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  
Common Grackle     29

Contributors:  Bill Butler, Jim Lemert, Leon Kass, Dan Eberly, Jeff Shenot

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
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Subject: Re: Carroll Co. Birds 9/16/16
From: Marcy Stutzman <marciastutzman AT netscape.net>
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2016 05:38:46 -0700 (PDT)
I meant because perhaps you might know because you cover a lot of Carroll 
County territory if there is a local falcon in the area. Will have to take my 
binoculars the next time. Thanks! 


Marcy

Marcy Stutzman
Russett, MD 20724

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Subject: Re: Carroll Co. Birds 9/16/16
From: Marcy Stutzman <marciastutzman AT netscape.net>
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2016 05:25:47 -0700 (PDT)
Hi Bob,

Yesterday I was sitting behind Cranberry Station Elementary School (in 
Westminster) watching my grandson's fall lax clinic. Across the field was the 
"Home of the Falcons" football stadium. I didn't have my binoculars with me to 
identify the raptor that was hunting over the two fields and often sitting on 
the fence that separated the two fields. My first impression was it was a 
falcon .... but I'm guessing you might know for sure. 


Marcy Stutzman
Russett, MD 20724

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Subject: Meeting Wednesday 21
From: Stephanie Lovell <amorellovell AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2016 07:32:06 -0400
Please don't forget our meeting this week featuring Wayne Bell on "Avian
Candy in the Pacific Northwest"
Location: Potomac Presbyterian Church, 10301 River Road, Potomac.  Starting
as always at 7:30 PM

Hope to see you there.
[image: Inline image 1]
Varied Thrush

Stephanie

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Subject: PG county fall count 2016
From: "Derek C. Richardson" <dcr AT astro.umd.edu>
Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2016 23:48:30 -0400 (EDT)
I birded the Laurel region in PG county from before dawn to late afternoon 
for the fall count, with a couple-hour break midday to get out of the 
heat.  Highlights included YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON at Laurel Lakes 
(like last year), and a reasonable assortment of warblers all things 
considered (BLUE-WINGED, YELLOWTHROAT, REDSTART, MAGNOLIA, PINE, 
BLACK-THROATED BLUE).  No owls this year.  The full list is below.

Visit http://www.astro.umd.edu/~dcr/xfer/eBird/fall_count_2016.txt for 
comparison with previous years (needs a big text window!), but note that 
the exact spots in the Laurel area visited differ either in time or place 
slightly from year to year.  This year was the second-lowest species count 
for me since 2007.

Location(s):  Home Feeders, Laurel MD; Fairland Regional Park (PG Co.); 
Laurel; Laurel Lake/Granville Gude Park; Laurel: Crestleigh Apartments, 
Muirkirk Rd; Laurel: Montpelier Dr and Meadowfield Way; Laurel: Van Dusen 
Rd Ponds nr Old Gunpowder Rd; Laurel: Van Dusen and Contee, nr hospital; 
Maryland National Memorial Park; Rocky Gorge Reservoir--Supplee Park; 
Rocky Gorge Reservoir--T. Howard Duckett Dam (PG County)

Number of Species	57
Number of Individuals	816
Number of Checklists	12

Graylag Goose (Domestic type)	1
Canada Goose			71
Wood Duck			2
Mallard				41
Double-crested Cormorant	7
Great Blue Heron		2
Great Egret			1
Green Heron			1
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron	1
Black Vulture			5
Turkey Vulture			7
Osprey				1
Cooper's Hawk			1
Red-shouldered Hawk		4
Red-tailed Hawk			4
Mourning Dove			83
Chimney Swift			44
Ruby-throated Hummingbird	1
Red-bellied Woodpecker		6
Downy Woodpecker		7
Hairy Woodpecker		1
Northern Flicker		5
Pileated Woodpecker		2
Eastern Wood-Pewee		1
Eastern Phoebe			1
Blue Jay			25
American Crow			24
Fish Crow			2
crow sp.			1
Carolina Chickadee		13
Tufted Titmouse			12
White-breasted Nuthatch		4
House Wren			2
Carolina Wren			15
Eastern Bluebird		6
Wood Thrush			2
American Robin			42
Gray Catbird			16
Brown Thrasher			1
Northern Mockingbird		4
European Starling		145
Blue-winged Warbler		1
Common Yellowthroat		5
American Redstart		3
Magnolia Warbler		2
Black-throated Blue Warbler	1
Pine Warbler			1
warbler sp. (Parulidae sp.)	1
Song Sparrow			1
Eastern Towhee			1
Northern Cardinal		37
Red-winged Blackbird		2
Common Grackle			6
blackbird sp.			1
House Finch			19
American Goldfinch		11
House Sparrow			110

Cheers,

-Derek

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Subject: Montgomery Bird Club Meeting Sept 21
From: Stephanie Lovell <amorellovell AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2016 16:14:09 -0400
Please don't forget our meeting this week featuring Wayne Bell on "Avian
Candy in the Pacific Northwest"
Location: Potomac Presbyterian Church, 10301 River Road, Potomac.  Starting
as always at 7:30 PM

Hope to see you there.
Stephanie

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Subject: YCNH Laurel Lakes
From: "Derek C. Richardson" <dcr AT astro.umd.edu>
Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2016 15:10:52 -0400 (EDT)
I found a Yellow-crowned Night-Heron in full view at Laurel Lakes (PG 
county) this afternoon, in the vegetation across the water from the paved 
walking trail (i.e., north side of lake), just east of Oxford Dr.  This is 
part of the PG county fall count (full report later).

D

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Subject: Blue Mash Nature Trail -- Sep 18, 2016
From: john pangborn <pangborn.john19 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2016 11:41:03 -0700 (PDT)
The stilt Sandpiper was at landfill pond 

39.194429,-77.107462

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Subject: Blue Mash Nature Trail -- Sep 18, 2016
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2016 11:40:28 -0700 (PDT)
Nice find John!

Rick Sussman
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