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Updated on Wednesday, March 29 at 02:35 PM EST
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29 Mar Long tailed duck pair DC/Arlington [Karen Fairweather ]
29 Mar Louisiana Waterthrush at Gulf Branch Nature Center [Kenneth Rosenthal ]
29 Mar Long tailed duck pair DC/Arlington [Karen Fairweather ]
29 Mar Palm warbler [Lee ]
29 Mar Leesylvania SP - Yellow-throated Warbler [Keith Maley via va-bird ]
28 Mar Prairie Falcon ["Bruno, Rexanne" ]
29 Mar Re: More RFI: PRAIRIE FALCON [Will McPhail ]
28 Mar Re: Prairie Falcon ["Bruno, Rexanne" ]
29 Mar VSO Conservation Grants announcement [Patti Reum ]
29 Mar Re: More RFI: PRAIRIE FALCON [Rob Bielawski ]
29 Mar More RFI: PRAIRIE FALCON [Donald Sweig ]
28 Mar FW: DC Area, 3/28/2017 ["Joe Coleman" ]
28 Mar Palm Warbler, Great Falls NP - Tundra Swans, Lake Anne [David Young ]
28 Mar Snipe / Frederick Co. ["Jon Little" ]
28 Mar Prairie Falcon in Alexandria [Dave Larsen - Birding ]
28 Mar Re: Chandler Robbins [Sunny Yoder ]
28 Mar scaup on the tidal basin [m b ]
28 Mar Re: Chandler Robbins [David White ]
28 Mar Prairie Falcon present around 9:45 [Alan Handley ]
28 Mar Re: Prairie Falcon - Yes [Ezra Staengl ]
28 Mar Prairie Falcon still At Power Plant [drew kulick ]
28 Mar Louisiana waterthrush calling in Quinton, VA ["Hobson, Chris (DCR)" ]
28 Mar Re: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk [Lori Keeler ]
28 Mar Have you been following the Richmond Falcon Cam? ["Ruthenberg, Jessica (DGIF)" ]
28 Mar Clarification re: Chan Robbins Memorial Service [Roberta Reichwein ]
28 Mar Early Eastern Whip-poor-will ["Ludwig, Chris (DCR)" ]
27 Mar 3 Peregrine Falcons - 3/23/2017 - Falls Church, VA [janet anderson via va-bird ]
28 Mar Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk [Harry Glasgow via va-bird ]
27 Mar Yesterday/Prairie Falcon chasing Merlin Sunday morning at the Potomac River Generator Station [Todd Kiraly ]
27 Mar Re: Info about Chan Robbins [Daniel Joslyn ]
27 Mar 5:26pm Prairie Falcon [Sandra Farkas ]
27 Mar Great Dismal Swamp NWR, Jericho Lane [G B Harris ]
27 Mar Sparrow with pink bill, Alexandira [Claire Kluskens ]
27 Mar Re: Info about Chan Robbins [Janice Frye ]
27 Mar Re: Prairie Falcon - Yes [Daniel Joslyn ]
27 Mar Re: Info about Chan Robbins ["Bill McGovern" ]
27 Mar Info about Chan Robbins [Roberta Reichwein ]
27 Mar Prairie Falcon - Yes [Melissa Roach ]
27 Mar Vesper Sparrows at Blandy Experimental Farm ["Carr, David E. (dec5z)" ]
27 Mar eBird -- Lake Frederick -- Mar 27, 2017 Frederick Co. []
27 Mar Re: Alexandria - Prairie Falcon [Daniel Joslyn ]
27 Mar Chandler Robbins [Sunny Yoder ]
27 Mar Great Falls Bird Walk 03/26/17 (Fairfax County) [Dendroica--- via va-bird ]
26 Mar Chandler Robbins [Sunny Yoder ]
27 Mar Augusta County today (78 species, Marsh Wren, migrants) [Gabriel Mapel via va-bird ]
26 Mar Black-throated Green Warbler, Williamsburg [Nick Newberry ]
26 Mar Re: Alexandria - Prairie Falcon [Fred Atwood ]
26 Mar Possible Crow Nest in Alexandria [William Boyd ]
26 Mar Mason Neck State Park eagles and coots ["Larry Cartwright" ]
26 Mar Merrimac Farm [Harry Glasgow via va-bird ]
26 Mar [va-bird] Anyone else having problems receiving posts today? [Scott Priebe ]
26 Mar Prairie Falcon at Alexandria Power Plant: Pix ["Walter L. Barrows" ]
26 Mar Orientation to VABBA2 & More Comprehensive Training Sessions ["Joe Coleman" ]
26 Mar Fwd: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Mar 26, 2017 [Phil Silas via va-bird ]
26 Mar Alexandria - Prairie Falcon [Art Drauglis ]
26 Mar [va-bird] Prairie Falcon at Alexandria Power Plant ~ 12:30 PM today [Scott Priebe ]
26 Mar Re: Prairie Falcon and RFI [Jim Nelson ]
26 Mar Prairie Falcon and RFI [Donald Sweig ]
26 Mar Alexandria Prairie Falcon [Michael Mayer ]
26 Mar Prairie Falcon in Alexandria [Janet Paisley ]
26 Mar FOS osprey Orange VA [Suzanne Stewart ]
21 Mar Hearing aids with birders in mind [Tom Thomas ]
25 Mar Possible Prairie Falcon (Tide Lock Park, Alexandria) [Will McPhail ]
24 Mar Chippie in Falls Church [Donald Sweig ]
21 Mar Bird ID needed by rehabber (3rd try to post) [Connie & Wilton Sale ]
21 Mar Re: Bird ID needed by rehabber (3rd try to post) [Kurt ]
21 Mar Re: Hearing aids with birders in mind [Wendy Ealding ]
22 Mar scaups in tidal basin [m b ]
23 Mar Black-headed Gull- Colonial Heights 3/23 [Adam D'Onofrio ]
25 Mar Prairie Falcon at Alexandria Power Plant, Alexandria, Virginia, Mar 25, 2017 [Elton Morel via va-bird ]
21 Mar Update Re: Lake Frederick Waterfowl-Frederick Co. []
24 Mar Re: Black-headed Gull- Colonial Heights 3/23 [Wendy Ealding ]
24 Mar Monticello Park, Alexandria..Pine Warbler ["Albright, Tom (USMS)" ]
25 Mar FW: When feeding the birds goes too far ["Ed and Helen Morgan" ]
23 Mar Re: Hearing aids with birders in mind [Jean Tatalias ]
21 Mar Re: Hearing aids with birders in mind [Scott Priebe ]

Subject: Long tailed duck pair DC/Arlington
From: Karen Fairweather <twofairs AT msn.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:43:56 +0000
Seen in the Potomac from the Tidal Basin Bridge along with buffleheads and 
lesser scaup. 


Karen Fairweather 
Arlington VA

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Subject: Louisiana Waterthrush at Gulf Branch Nature Center
From: Kenneth Rosenthal <rosenthal.k AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:08:32 -0400
Hi All,

Today I hiked to the Potomac from Gulf Branch Nature Center. The trail runs
along Gulf Branch, and I enjoyed good looks at and a serenade by
a Louisiana Waterthrush. Other highlights along the trail included a
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and Brown Creeper.

Ken Rosenthal
Arlington, VA
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Subject: Long tailed duck pair DC/Arlington
From: Karen Fairweather <twofairs AT msn.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 17:40:36 +0000
Seen in the Potomac from the Tidal Basin Bridge along with buffleheads and 
lesser scaup. 


Karen Fairweather 
Arlington VA

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Subject: Palm warbler
From: Lee <leesheehanmiller AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:25:20 -0400
FOS Palm Warbler. Lovely little male at the end of copper leaf way near Durga 
temple in fairfax station. 


Lee

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Subject: Leesylvania SP - Yellow-throated Warbler
From: Keith Maley via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:01:35 +0000 (UTC)
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!important; } Currently singing in pair of tall pines across street from Bushey 
Pt sign.  



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Subject: Prairie Falcon
From: "Bruno, Rexanne" <bruno AT lynchburg.edu>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:28:55 +0000
Seen today from 9:34-11:09 when we left.
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Subject: Re: More RFI: PRAIRIE FALCON
From: Will McPhail <butcherbird2013 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 14:03:19 +0000
Hi Donald,

DC birder Greg Gough found and reported the bird to the DC GroupMe text
around 10:00 last Saturday the 25th. I arrived on the scene around 10:30
and we eventually refound the bird. Others began to arrive and we continued
debating the ID (out of an abundance of caution) as our view of the bird
was partially obscured at the time. I then sent out word to the Va
community when we became more certain.

Tide Lock Park is frequented by DC birders as a good spot for waterfowl
given our limited resources in DC proper. I hope that this helps and that
the falcon sticks for others to enjoy.

Cheers,

Will McPhail
Washington, DC

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On Wed, Mar 29, 2017 at 8:24 AM Donald Sweig  wrote:

> I am trying to determine who first saw and posted the Prairie falcon in
> Alexandria.
>  The earliest posting on VA-Bird seems to be from Will McPhail at 11:13
> a.m. on Saturday the 25th.  Elton Morel's E-bird report was at 12:50 I same
> day.
>   I would appreciate any information as to the falcon being seen/posted
> earlier, by whom, and what time.
>      Thanks,
>      Donald Sweig
>     Falls Church, Va.
>
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Subject: Re: Prairie Falcon
From: "Bruno, Rexanne" <bruno AT lynchburg.edu>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 19:37:31 +0000
Sorry about the brevity of my earlier post - I wanted to let anyone who was 
considering making the trip to see the bird that it was seen this morning (but 
I also wanted to get on the road back to VA Beach to beat DC area commuter 
traffic and get through the HRBT before that traffic got heavy too and beat the 
storms forecast for VA Beach late this afternoon, too - successful on all 
counts). 


Anyway back to the Prairie Falcon seen today, 3/28/17. Jim Marcum and I arrived 
about 9:35AM. 


We parked on 3rd St (thanks you Dixie Sommers for parking info); we walked one 
block north on N Royal St and set up our scopes just across the railroad tracks 
and street where N Royal St curves left at the edge of the Potomac River 
Generating Station property. 


The bird flew up to a perch at the top rim of the right rusty tower just to the 
left of the vertical silverish tube at 9:50AM. It was peregrine like in 
appearance but colors were a soft brown and white. It had some flank steaks 
visible when perched (isn’t seem to have as well defined belly streaks) and 
long brown wings and tail. It’s facial marks were also peregrine like but its 
mustache was brown, it had a more brown cheek patch, a white spot behind its 
large dark eye and a long white eyebrow that stretched well behind its eye. It 
eventually flew south off its perch and we saw dark blackish ‘armpits’ 
under the wings. A crow chased it a bit behind the two towers. Another birder 
rebound it on one of the smaller brick towers. Shortly thereafter it flew and 
disappeared behind the towers for about 20 minutes. Jim & I walked north trying 
to see the other side of the towers. Birders waved to us as we walked back as 
the bird had perched on the left tower, on the rim just below the top and to 
the left of the silverfish tube on the tower. We re-found it at 10:50 and 
watched it until about 11:10AM when we left. 


Rexanne Bruno
Virginia Beach


> On Mar 28, 2017, at 11:28 AM, Bruno, Rexanne  wrote:
> 
> Seen today from 9:34-11:09 when we left.

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Subject: VSO Conservation Grants announcement
From: Patti Reum <pareum AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:39:18 -0400
Every year, the Virginia Society of Ornithology awards Conservation Grants
to worthy candidates conducting  research in the field of bird conservation
with potential benefits to Virginia species and habitats, or that increases
our knowledge about native avian species.  The VSO Board of Directors has
budgeted $2,500.00 annually.  Awards are usually $500.00, $1,000.00 or
occasionally more, depending on the worthiness of the project.

Applicants are encouraged to submit a request in writing to the
Conservation Committee Chair.  Each application should include:

1. A short research proposal describing benefits to our knowledge of
Virginia’s avifauna or to a Virginia species.

2. Requested funding level,

3. Detailed budget for requested funding, and

4. Agreement to report back to the VSO at the end of the project.



The Conservation Committee will then consider each application, confer with
the entire Board of the VSO, and notify applicants of an award by *August
15**th* and *November 15**th* each year.  Just to be clear, there are 2
separate competitions for these awards; this is not a two-step process.

There are two deadlines for application:   *JUNE 30* and *OCTOBER 31*.
Please e-mail your application to pareum AT gmail.com.


Patti Reum
​Conservation Chair/VSO​
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Subject: Re: More RFI: PRAIRIE FALCON
From: Rob Bielawski <robbielawski AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 08:16:28 -0400
Will McPhail's eBird report credit Greg Gough on the initial find, see:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35423501

On Wed, Mar 29, 2017 at 8:11 AM, Donald Sweig  wrote:

> I am trying to determine who first saw and posted the Prairie falcon in
> Alexandria.
>  The earliest posting on VA-Bird seems to be from Will McPhail at 11:13
> a.m. on Saturday the 25th.  Elton Morel's E-bird report was at 12:50 I same
> day.
>   I would appreciate any information as to the falcon being seen/posted
> earlier, by whom, and what time.
>      Thanks,
>      Donald Sweig
>     Falls Church, Va.
>
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Subject: More RFI: PRAIRIE FALCON
From: Donald Sweig <skybirds.d AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 08:11:48 -0400
I am trying to determine who first saw and posted the Prairie falcon in 
Alexandria. 

 The earliest posting on VA-Bird seems to be from Will McPhail at 11:13 a.m. on 
Saturday the 25th. Elton Morel's E-bird report was at 12:50 I same day. 

 I would appreciate any information as to the falcon being seen/posted earlier, 
by whom, and what time. 

     Thanks,
     Donald Sweig
    Falls Church, Va.

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Subject: FW: DC Area, 3/28/2017
From: "Joe Coleman" <joecoleman AT rstarmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 22:12:28 -0400
FYI Joe Coleman

-----Original Message-----
Hotline:         Voice of the Naturalist
Date:            3/28/2017
Coverage:        MD/DC/VA/DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments, questions:  voice AT anshome.org
Compiler:        Joe Coleman
Sponsor:         Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central Atlantic
States (independent of NAS)
Transcriber:     Steve Cordle

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

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon Naturalist
Society. This report covers the week starting Wednesday, March 22 and was
completed on Tuesday, March 28 at 10:30 a.m.
									
Information on noteworthy birds during this week is presented below in
taxonomic order, as set forth in the American Ornithologists' Union
Checklist for North and Middle American birds as revised through the 57th
supplement (July 2016).

TOP BIRDS THIS WEEK were PINK-FOOTED GOOSE* in DE, GREEN-WINGED TEAL
(EURASIAN) in MD, PRAIRIE FALCON* in VA, and WESTERN TANAGER in VA.
                                  
OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST included waterfowl, EARED GREBE, EASTERN WHIP-POOR-
WILL, RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD, KING RAIL, SORA, SANDHILL CRANE, shorebirds,
RAZORBILL, BLACK-HEADED GULL, LITTLE GULL, ICELAND GULL, GREAT CORMORANT,
AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, AMERICAN BITTERN, GREEN HERON, YELLOW-CROWNED
NIGHT-HERON, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, NORTHERN SHRIKE, LAPLAND
LONGSPUR, SNOW BUNTING, warblers, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, PAINTED BUNTING,
YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, and RUSTY BLACKBIRD.
								
TOP BIRDS

The PINK-FOOTED GOOSE* which has been seen near Prime Hook NWR, Sussex Co,
DE, was last reported on March 23; at that time it was seen along Wells Rd
just past the intersection with Buttonwood Rd.

The continuing GREEN-WINGED TEAL (EURASIAN) at West Meadow Park, Cecil Co,
MD was most recently seen March 27. There was also one seen March 25 at the
Ashton Tract, Augustine Wildlife Area, DE.

A PRAIRIE FALCON* was found and photographed on March 25 at the
decommissioned Alexandria Power Plant in Alexandria, VA; it was seen again
on the 26th and 27. It is being seen most frequently perched in various
locations on the south side of the power plant. Because the bird
periodically flies out over the Potomac, it can also be considered a DC
sighting.

The WESTERN TANAGER at Settler's Mill, James City Co, VA was seen again on
March 26.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

The CACKLING GOOSE at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Queen Anne's
Co, MD was seen again on March 24 and 26.

A EURASIAN WIGEON was at Broadkill Marsh, Prime Hook NWR, Sussex Co, DE also
on March 23. A EURASIAN WIGEON was seem March 25 at Mulberry Landing,
Assawoman WMA, Sussex Co, DE. A LONG-TAILED DUCK continued at Lapidum,
Harford Co, MD, through March 22.  Two COMMON EIDERS were seen from the
Lewes-Cape May ferry in Sussex Co, DE waters on 22.

The RED-NECKED GREBE at Loch Raven Reservoir, Baltimore, MD was seen as
recently as March 26. The EARED GREBE at Buckroe Beach, Hampton Co, VA, was
most recently seen on March 26.          

An early EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILL was heard at a residence in Hanover Co, VA
early on the morning of March 28.

The RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD continued to be seen during the week at Wildewood
Neighborhood Walk, St. Mary's Co MD.

A KING RAIL was calling from the marsh along the wildlife drive where the
road is blocked at the Occoquan Bay NWR, Prince William Co, VA on March 25.
A SORA was seen March 25 on the edge of a retention pond along Weaneck Haul
Rd, Charles City, Charles City Co, VA.

Six SANDHILL CRANES flew over Baker Park, Frederick, Frederick Co, MD on
March 25. Two were seen again on March 27 along Peat Moss Rd, Garrett Co, MD
in a corn field.

Shorebird numbers continued to increase this past week. Three PURPLE
SANDPIPERS were seen March 25 at the Veterans Memorial at Chesapeake Beach,
Calvert Co, MD. PECTORAL SANDPIPERS were seen in two different locations in
Garrett Co, MD on March 25; 6 were at Herrington Manor SP and 13 were
reported from Peat Moss Rd. AMERICAN WOODCOCKS were displaying at Huntley
Meadows Park, Fairfax Co, VA on March 25.

A RAZORBILL continued at Ft. Monroe, Hampton Co, VA with a report from March
26. 

A BLACK-HEADED GULL found March 23 in the pond next to the Walmart, Colonial
heights, VA, was seen again March 26. Another was seen throughout the week
at Back River, Baltimore Co, MD. A LITTLE GULL was seen March 25 from
Lapidum, Harford Co, MD. An ICELAND GULL was seen March 25 from the
Lewes-Cape May Ferry in DE waters.

Six GREAT CORMORANTS were seen March 25 off of Kent Point, Queen Anne's Co,
MD.

The AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN at the pier at the Essex Wastewater Treatment
Plant, Baltimore, MD, was seen again on March 24 from Cox Point Park.

AN AMERICAN BITTERN was seen March 25 at the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, NE
DC. Another AMERICAN BITTERN was seen the same day in the cell north & west
of the parking lot at the Julie Metz Wetlands Bank, in Woodbridge, Prince Wm
Co, VA.

The GREEN HERON that over-wintered at Ben Brenman Park, Alexandria, VA, was
last reported on March 21.

YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen at a variety of locations including
two at the Jones Fall Trail at Remington, Baltimore Co, MD, throughout the
week.

A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen March 27 as it flew over a yard near
Shepherdstown, Jefferson Co, WV.

A LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was seen and photographed on March 27 at 20627 Old Forge
Rd, Washington Co, MD. The continuing NORTHERN SHRIKE, at Sully Woodlands,
Fairfax Co VA was seen as recently as March 26.

A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen and photographed March 25 at Chincoteague NWR,
Accomack Co, VA. Four SNOW BUNTINGS were seen March 23 at Craney Island
Disposal Area, Portsmouth, VA. Two SNOW BUNTINGS were seen March 25 at Fort
Monroe, Hampton, VA.

Early migrating warblers included a BLACK-THROATED GREEN heard at Lake
Matoaka, Williamsburg, VA on March 26.

The CLAY-COLORED SPARROW at the Big Water Farm (private), Queen Anne's Co
MD, was seen as recently as March 26. Two VESPER SPARROWS were seen March 26
at the Agricultural History Farm Park, Montgomery Co, MD. A VESPER SPARROW
was seen March 26 at Swoope, VA along Trimbles Mill Rd. Two VESPER SPARROWS
were seen along Berry's Ferry Road (CR 628) March 27; they were at the edge
of a winter wheat field along the south border of Blandy Experimental Farm,
Clarke Co, VA.

A male PAINTED BUNTING continues to be seen and photographed at a private
residence in Berlin, Worcester Co, MD, with the most recent sighting on
March 27.

The YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD at Hopkins Farm Pond, Harford Co, MD was last
seen on March 22.   

RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were seen throughout the area during the week including a
small flock at the Occoquan Bay NWR, Prince William Co, VA on March 25. 

This report was based on reports on the DE, MD, VA, and WV list servers via
the ABA Internet links, and on eBird records.

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

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

Thank you for your interest, and enjoy the birds.

*Of interest to the applicable records committee

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Subject: Palm Warbler, Great Falls NP - Tundra Swans, Lake Anne
From: David Young <lcdyoung93 AT verizon.net>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 19:06:49 -0400
 Visited Great Falls NP for an hour at 3:00 PM. I had a few FOY birds in mind 

while driving over, but totally forgot about the one that I would see, a Palm 
Warbler ( FOY in Va), 

hanging out on the fringes of a vocal Carolina Chickadee/ Titmouse flock .
 I birded the area from the far parking lot up to the dam, ducks in order of 
numbers 

included Bufflehead, Ring Necked, Black and Common Mergansers.
 Buffleheads have been seen in real solid numbers all winter here and 
above the dam at Riverbend. 
 Double Crested Cormorants were actively fishing below the dam and then making 
trips up to the rookery on Conn Island ( Immediately above the dam), they 
share space with the dozens of Great Blues that constantly come and go from 
the tree tops. Probably Black-crowned Night-Herons in there too. The Bald Eagle 
nest 

on Conn had zero activity while I was there, but saw a few in flight. 
 On the way home while passing Lake Anne in Reston, I saw 4 Tundra Swans
 on the Lake along with Tree Swallows and probable Rough Winged which I lost 
track 

 in poor lighting. I've been hearing Tundra Swans migrating overhead late at 
night, it 

 still always awes me to hear them woohooing and then see them come into sight 
 silhouette against the night, but they are an uncommon sight on the Lake.


 Dave Young
 Reston, Va 
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Subject: Snipe / Frederick Co.
From: "Jon Little" <littlejon48 AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:44:02 -0400
I came upon a flock of 26 Wilson's Snipe today, a few miles NE of
Winchester. At the same spot a week ago, there were only 4.

 

Jon Little

Winchester

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Subject: Prairie Falcon in Alexandria
From: Dave Larsen - Birding <hirundo AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:01:26 -0400
Bird is still present at 2:30 pm. Just finished eating a starling. Resting in 
plant ironwork between Tower and main building. Todd Day and others also 
watching it. 


Dave Larsen

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Subject: Re: Chandler Robbins
From: Sunny Yoder <sunnyyoder AT icloud.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:44:38 -0400
I also pulled out my copy, the 1983 edition. It was my mother's field guide of 
record, so is thoroughly marked up - key field marks highlighted and dates and 
locations of first sightings annotated - a treasured legacy. 


> On Mar 28, 2017, at 11:29 AM, David White  wrote:
> 
> Thanks to all of you who were (much) more familiar than I with Chandler 
Robbins and his many contributions to birding. That Golden Guide has long been 
a favorite of mine and I just went to my archives (a shelf in the space in my 
home which is sometimes called an "office") and pulled down my 1966 version, 
still in quite good condition. I always appreciated that this guide had the 
range maps as well as the sonograms right there next to the illustrations. 

> 
> Because of the recent news about the Alexandria Prairie Falcon, I took a 
glance at the falcons in this old book and noticed that the Peregrine had been 
"upgraded" from "Duck" but that the Merlin and the Kestrel were still "Pigeon" 
and "Sparrow." 

> 
> Maybe now we'll have to have a "Cityscape Prairie" to add to the falcons. And 
quickly, before they turn into parrots! 

> 
> David I. White Jr. | 505 Park Plaza, Charlottesville VA | H: 434-296-4272 | 
C: 434-466-3636 | dizoo AT comcast.net 

> 

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Subject: scaup on the tidal basin
From: m b <marlabeth AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:35:11 +0000
The lesser scaup (I brought the camera and looked) on the Tidal Basin are still 
there, and have been joined by about 100 buffleheads, a couple of common 
mergansers, and at least 4 horned grebes. In case anyone wants to combine a 
cherry blossom session with some migratory waterfowl watching. I go every year, 
and I have never seen anything but a mallard, Canada goose, or cormorant there. 
Maybe I just went at the wrong time. 




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Subject: Re: Chandler Robbins
From: David White <dizoo AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 11:29:03 -0400
Thanks to all of you who were (much) more familiar than I with Chandler Robbins 
and his many contributions to birding. That Golden Guide has long been a 
favorite of mine and I just went to my archives (a shelf in the space in my 
home which is sometimes called an "office") and pulled down my 1966 version, 
still in quite good condition. I always appreciated that this guide had the 
range maps as well as the sonograms right there next to the illustrations. 


Because of the recent news about the Alexandria Prairie Falcon, I took a glance 
at the falcons in this old book and noticed that the Peregrine had been 
"upgraded" from "Duck" but that the Merlin and the Kestrel were still "Pigeon" 
and "Sparrow." 


Maybe now we'll have to have a "Cityscape Prairie" to add to the falcons. And 
quickly, before they turn into parrots! 


David I. White Jr. | 505 Park Plaza, Charlottesville VA | H: 434-296-4272 | C: 
434-466-3636 | dizoo AT comcast.net 


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Subject: Prairie Falcon present around 9:45
From: Alan Handley <alan.lomion AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 10:57:05 -0400
We pulled up at the parking on Royal Street, and seconds after getting out
of the car the bird flew in and landed near the top of the right tower,
staying put for a few minutes and giving excellent views. It was eventually
chased off by a fish crow, and after waiting a bit we walked down to the
river. Just after crossing the train tracks and turning left to go
upstream, the falcon swooped in 50 ft or so in front of us, presumably
making a pass at one of the numerous sparrows along the trail.

Plenty of other birds around, including one Field Sparrow amongst the many
juncos, as well as an Osprey flying downstream. In the river we had one
Scaup sp. pair, and big rafts of cormorants and coots.

Alan Handley
Arlington County
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Subject: Re: Prairie Falcon - Yes
From: Ezra Staengl <ezraperegrine AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 11:01:13 -0400
Has anyone seen it today?  Or failed to see it?  Wondering if the trip
today would be worth it.
Thanks,
Ezra

On Mon, Mar 27, 2017 at 2:44 PM, Daniel Joslyn  wrote:

> Got some good looks at our Falcon being chased in circles around the power
> plant by two crows around 2pm. Looks like it's holding its ground so far. A
> lot of interesting ducks in the river are also viewable from the same spot,
> you just have to turn around!
>
> Dan Joslyn
> Arlington, VA
>
> On Mon, Mar 27, 2017 at 10:10 AM, Melissa Roach 
> wrote:
>
> > Currently in view on the tank.
> >
> > Melissa R
> >
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Subject: Prairie Falcon still At Power Plant
From: drew kulick <uuerd AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:45:47 +0000
It is sitting on the leftmost tower, from the riverside of the plant.

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Subject: Louisiana waterthrush calling in Quinton, VA
From: "Hobson, Chris (DCR)" <Chris.Hobson AT dcr.virginia.gov>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:24:42 +0000
First one of the year
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Subject: Re: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
From: Lori Keeler <lorik3 AT cox.net>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 9:48:44 -0400
Harry,

I saw something yesterday that you might want to keep an eye out for on next 
week's walk. 


I was walking through that little patch of woods that goes from the tower to 
the boardwalk, when, on my right, I saw two bluebirds perched on a very small 
tree in the woods on my right. Then, one of them disappeared into a hole on the 
right-hand side of the tree while the second bird just hung around. I would 
guess the diameter of the tree trunk was only about 8 inches or so and the hole 
was about 40-50 feet up the trunk. 


Lori Keeler




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=============
A crowd of nearly 30 birders gathered in the fog for the Huntley Meadows Monday 
Morning Birdwalk today.  We tallied 53 species with some of the highlights 
being northrn Rough-winged, and Barn Swallows in addition to the Tree Swallows 
we have been seeing for the past couple of weeks.  Our FOS Osprey caught a 
fish and received a hand from the birders.  We are waiting for the rest of the 
Warblers.  We had a Yellow-rumped Warbler today. 

Canada Goose  62
Wood Duck  15
Mallard  5
Northern Shoveler  3
Green-winged Teal  1
Ring-necked Duck  6
Hooded Merganser  4
Pied-billed Grebe  2
Great Blue Heron  4
Osprey  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
American Coot  13
Ring-billed Gull  13
Mourning Dove  2
Barred Owl  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-headed Woodpecker  6
Red-bellied Woodpecker  9
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  3
Downy Woodpecker  5
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  3
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Phoebe  3
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  2
Fish Crow  75
crow sp.  3
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  6
Tree Swallow  29
Barn Swallow  1
Carolina Chickadee  10
Tufted Titmouse  12
White-breasted Nuthatch  7
Brown Creeper  2
Winter Wren  1
Carolina Wren  7
Golden-crowned Kinglet  4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Eastern Bluebird  4
Hermit Thrush  2
American Robin  25
Yellow-rumped Warbler  2
Fox Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  30
Song Sparrow  3
Swamp Sparrow  5
Eastern Towhee  3
Northern Cardinal  20
Red-winged Blackbird  145
Rusty Blackbird  30
Common Grackle  20
American Goldfinch  2


The Monday Morning Birdwalk has been a weekly event at Huntley Meadows since 
1985. It takes place every week, rain or shine (except during electrical 
storms, strong winds, or icy trails), at 7AM (8AM from November through 
March), is free of charge, requires no reservation, and is open to all. Birders 
meet in the parking lot at the Park's entrance at 3701 Lockheed Blvd, 
Alexandria, VA. Questions should be directed to Park staff during normal 
business hours at (703)768-2525. 


Harry GlasgowFriends of Huntley Meadows Park

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Subject: Have you been following the Richmond Falcon Cam?
From: "Ruthenberg, Jessica (DGIF)" <Jessica.Ruthenberg AT dgif.virginia.gov>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:32:42 +0000
The Richmond Falcon Cam, which follows the nesting season of a Peregrine Falcon 
pair atop the Riverfront Plaza building in downtown Richmond, is back for the 
season! Thanks to our new partner Comcast Business! 


The cam resumed on March 1st and it's already been an interesting season! At 
the seasons' outset, the male Peregrine Falcon who had been paired with the 
same female for several years, replaced her with a new unbanded female. 
However, yesterday afternoon, the male was observed with yet another new female 
in the nest box, but this one is banded. Follow the Richmond Falcon 
Cam to learn more details and 
view the falcons live! 


Jessica Ruthenberg
Watchable Wildlife Biologist
Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries
3909 Airline Blvd., Chesapeake, Virginia 23321
Office: (757) 465-6868 * Cell: (804) 229-2556

jessica.ruthenberg AT dgif.virginia.gov 


Leading wildlife conservation and inspiring people to value the outdoors and 
their role in nature. 


Discover Our Wild Side! Virginia Birding and Wildlife 
Trail * Great Dismal Swamp Birding 
Festival, April 20-22. * 
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Subject: Clarification re: Chan Robbins Memorial Service
From: Roberta Reichwein <b.reichwein AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:17:25 -0400
*Subject:* *Chanler Robbins Memorial Service*

Jay Sheppard provides the following corrections to the previous
announcement:

Memorial service: Saturday, April 15 at First United Methodist Church, *424*
Main Street, Laurel. Visitation 9:00 am, service *10:00* am, lunch will
follow.


Bobbi Reichwein

Davidsonville, MD
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Subject: Early Eastern Whip-poor-will
From: "Ludwig, Chris (DCR)" <Chris.Ludwig AT dcr.virginia.gov>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 10:53:00 +0000
At 6:28am DST on 3/28/17, I heard an Eastern Whip-poor-will do 5 consecutive 
"whip-poor-wills" at my residence on the edge of the forest to the south of my 
house in western Hanover County. It was after first light and there were the 
first few sprinkles of an approaching thunder storm. Seems way early but what a 
nice herald of the coming spring. Chris Ludwig, Vontay, Virginia 

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Subject: 3 Peregrine Falcons - 3/23/2017 - Falls Church, VA
From: janet anderson via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 23:05:44 -0400
March 23, 2017 - 3 Peregrine Falcons seen together perched on an office  
building in the Skyline Building Complex in the Bailey's Crossroads area of  
Falls Church, Fairfax County, VA  where I work
 
March 24, 2017 - 2 Peregrine Falcons seen together in the above  location
 
March 27, 2017 - 1 Peregrine Falcon seen at this location.
 
March 27, 2017 - 1 Osprey seen - FOS 
 
Janet M. Anderson
City of Falls Church, VA
 
 
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Subject: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
From: Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 02:37:54 +0000 (UTC)
A crowd of nearly 30 birders gathered in the fog for the Huntley Meadows Monday 
Morning Birdwalk today.  We tallied 53 species with some of the highlights 
being northrn Rough-winged, and Barn Swallows in addition to the Tree Swallows 
we have been seeing for the past couple of weeks.  Our FOS Osprey caught a 
fish and received a hand from the birders.  We are waiting for the rest of the 
Warblers.  We had a Yellow-rumped Warbler today. 

Canada Goose  62
Wood Duck  15
Mallard  5
Northern Shoveler  3
Green-winged Teal  1
Ring-necked Duck  6
Hooded Merganser  4
Pied-billed Grebe  2
Great Blue Heron  4
Osprey  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
American Coot  13
Ring-billed Gull  13
Mourning Dove  2
Barred Owl  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-headed Woodpecker  6
Red-bellied Woodpecker  9
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  3
Downy Woodpecker  5
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  3
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Phoebe  3
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  2
Fish Crow  75
crow sp.  3
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  6
Tree Swallow  29
Barn Swallow  1
Carolina Chickadee  10
Tufted Titmouse  12
White-breasted Nuthatch  7
Brown Creeper  2
Winter Wren  1
Carolina Wren  7
Golden-crowned Kinglet  4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Eastern Bluebird  4
Hermit Thrush  2
American Robin  25
Yellow-rumped Warbler  2
Fox Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  30
Song Sparrow  3
Swamp Sparrow  5
Eastern Towhee  3
Northern Cardinal  20
Red-winged Blackbird  145
Rusty Blackbird  30
Common Grackle  20
American Goldfinch  2


The Monday Morning Birdwalk has been a weekly event at Huntley Meadows since 
1985. It takes place every week, rain or shine (except during electrical 
storms, strong winds, or icy trails), at 7AM (8AM from November through 
March), is free of charge, requires no reservation, and is open to all. Birders 
meet in the parking lot at the Park's entrance at 3701 Lockheed Blvd, 
Alexandria, VA. Questions should be directed to Park staff during normal 
business hours at (703)768-2525. 


Harry GlasgowFriends of Huntley Meadows Park

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Subject: Yesterday/Prairie Falcon chasing Merlin Sunday morning at the Potomac River Generator Station
From: Todd Kiraly <tkiraly AT tminustendesigns.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 21:31:25 -0400
This is actually reporting on activity from yesterday morning as I was just 
reviewing pictures. About 9:20 a.m. the Prairie Falcon darted and trailed 
another fast moving “Falcon” West towards the N. Royal Street/across the 
train tracks. They darted so fast and low that it was a challenge to 
distinguish the lead bird — which I initially thought was a Peregrine Falcon 
after reviewing my small camera screen. I now see that it actually was a Merlin 
(http://www.haussparrow.com/Photography/Newly-Added/i-rzKqxJG/A , 
http://www.haussparrow.com/Photography/Newly-Added/i-MF5P8P7/A). I couldn’t 
get both in the same picture at the same time as it was too quick of an event 
and barely had time to lift my camera. This was the Prairie Falcon going by a 
second later (http://www.haussparrow.com/Photography/Newly-Added/i-XhhV9pp/A). 
Not sure if those that were bird watching from the Potomac River side even had 
a chance to see that event. 


I had noted, on e-bird, that I had viewed a Merlin on Saturday at Daingerfield 
Island at about 11:30 a.m 
(http://www.haussparrow.com/Photography/Newly-Added/i-Jz26jR4/A). I also 
spotted what appeared to be the same Saturday Merlin on Sunday at 8:30 a.m. at 
Daingerfield Island as I was heading to the Alexandria Power Plant 
(http://www.haussparrow.com/Photography/Newly-Added/i-cWPk3Mj/A). This 
particular sighting was more in the swamp area than the Saturday sighting 
(closer to the marina parking lot) and probably less than a quarter mile away 
from the Potomac River Generator Station. It is my guess that this could have 
very well been the same bird that was chased by the Prairie Falcon. 


Just in case this info may help with anyone’s identification of a scene they 
might have caught only a glimpse of. 


Regards,
Todd Kiraly
Arlington, VA

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Subject: Re: Info about Chan Robbins
From: Daniel Joslyn <djoslyn48 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 19:45:16 -0400
As a younger birder I first learned about Mr. Robbins the other day through
one of the podcasts I subscribe to, "For the Birds with Laura Erickson".
She did a segment on how he encouraged her personally as a young science
teacher getting into birding. I recommend her podcast in general, it is the
online version of short segments she does for the local NPR station in
Duluth, MN. Here is the program for anyone who's interested:
http://www.lauraerickson.com/radio/program/11055/chandler-robbins/

Daniel Joslyn
Arlington, VA

On Mon, Mar 27, 2017 at 10:56 AM, Roberta Reichwein 
wrote:

> This is taken from the mdbirding group email, and posted by Jane Fallon who
> I would like to thank for keeping us informed.  I don't think she'd mind if
> I shared it with Virginia birders.  Anyone can access mdbirding.com to
> read
> posts:
>
>
>
>
> It is with sadness that we report that Chandler Robbins, our world famous
> ornithologist, passed away on Monday March 20th.  He was a member of the
> Patuxent Bird Club since its beginning and a founder of MOS.
>
> Attached is a link to a tribute from the National Audubon Society
> http://www.audubon.org/news/in-memory-chandler-s-robbins.
>
> His obituary appeared in the Washington Post  earlier this week:
> https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/
> chandler-robbins-friend-to-birds-and-birdwatchers-dies-
> at-98/2017/03/23/d7c331b0-0f44-11e7-9b0d-d27c98455440_
> story.html?utm_term=.
> f7b9325e21e0
>
> There will be a memorial service on April 15 at the First United Methodist
> Church in Laurel.  Details will be announced later.  Also a Life
> Celebration is being planned by the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center where
> Chan worked for 70 Years, date to be announced.
>
> Bobbi Reichwein
> Davidsonville, MD
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Subject: 5:26pm Prairie Falcon
From: Sandra Farkas <sandralfarkas2 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 17:29:14 -0400
Hello all, 
Prairie falcon in sight from the railroad tracks between the two piles of ties. 
The bird could be seen on the left-hand side of the tower almost at the very 
top near the stairs. It's on the second lip from the top. 


Sandra Farkas 
Springfield Virginia

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Subject: Great Dismal Swamp NWR, Jericho Lane
From: G B Harris <gbhrlh AT cox.net>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 16:01:25 -0400
Va. Birders:



> From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
> Subject: eBird Report - Great Dismal Swamp NWR, Mar 27, 2017
> Date: March 27, 2017 
> To: gbhrlh AT cox.net
> 
> Great Dismal Swamp NWR, Suffolk, Virginia, US
> Mar 27, 2017 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.0 mile(s)
> Comments:     GBH-RLH.  JERICHO LANE
> 21 species
> 
> Wood Duck  1
> Black Vulture  50
> Turkey Vulture  1
> Red-shouldered Hawk   1
> Barred Owl  2
> Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
> Downy Woodpecker  2
> Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  2
> Pileated Woodpecker  3
> Blue Jay  2
> American Crow  2
> Carolina Chickadee  3
> Tufted Titmouse  1
> Carolina Wren  3
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
> Hermit Thrush  1
> Louisiana Waterthrush  1
> Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  16
> Yellow-throated Warbler  4
> Eastern Towhee  2
> Rusty Blackbird  12
> 
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35474352
> 
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/VA)

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Subject: Sparrow with pink bill, Alexandira
From: Claire Kluskens <birdlady2011 AT icloud.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:38:05 -0400
Today, at the animal shelter on Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria City, there was a 
sparrow with a very noticeable pink beak in the little hedgerow between the 
parking lot and the street. Never saw the breast. The eyebrow is white, as seen 
in the photos, no yellow noted. Back fairly finely streaked. Legs appear to be 
pink in the photos. I think this is a Savannah Sparrow, but I would appreciate 
the thoughts of the group. I obtained some very poor photos of which the best 
ones are posted here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/32555011 AT N03/ 
 


Thanks!
Claire Kluskens
Alexandria/Fairfax Co.
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Subject: Re: Info about Chan Robbins
From: Janice Frye <byrdnyrd33 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:07:16 -0400
A good tribute to his memory would be to adopt a breeding bird survey
route, or perhaps start one if USGS needs one near you.  :-)

Jan

On Mar 27, 2017 1:08 PM, "Roberta Reichwein"  wrote:

> This is taken from the mdbirding group email, and posted by Jane Fallon who
> I would like to thank for keeping us informed.  I don't think she'd mind if
> I shared it with Virginia birders.  Anyone can access mdbirding.com to
> read
> posts:
>
>
>
>
> It is with sadness that we report that Chandler Robbins, our world famous
> ornithologist, passed away on Monday March 20th.  He was a member of the
> Patuxent Bird Club since its beginning and a founder of MOS.
>
> Attached is a link to a tribute from the National Audubon Society
> http://www.audubon.org/news/in-memory-chandler-s-robbins.
>
> His obituary appeared in the Washington Post  earlier this week:
> https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/
> chandler-robbins-friend-to-birds-and-birdwatchers-dies-
> at-98/2017/03/23/d7c331b0-0f44-11e7-9b0d-d27c98455440_
> story.html?utm_term=.
> f7b9325e21e0
>
> There will be a memorial service on April 15 at the First United Methodist
> Church in Laurel.  Details will be announced later.  Also a Life
> Celebration is being planned by the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center where
> Chan worked for 70 Years, date to be announced.
>
> Bobbi Reichwein
> Davidsonville, MD
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Subject: Re: Prairie Falcon - Yes
From: Daniel Joslyn <djoslyn48 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:44:12 -0400
Got some good looks at our Falcon being chased in circles around the power
plant by two crows around 2pm. Looks like it's holding its ground so far. A
lot of interesting ducks in the river are also viewable from the same spot,
you just have to turn around!

Dan Joslyn
Arlington, VA

On Mon, Mar 27, 2017 at 10:10 AM, Melissa Roach  wrote:

> Currently in view on the tank.
>
> Melissa R
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Subject: Re: Info about Chan Robbins
From: "Bill McGovern" <bmcgovern AT cox.net>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 12:45:32 -0400
Thanks for sharing, Roberta--I would have missed the obit otherwise.
Robbins was a pioneer, and it's neat to think that he lived so close by.

  I still have his 1966 Golden Field Guide , and it's a great resource for
seeing how ranges have changed for all species.

Bill

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Behalf Of Roberta Reichwein
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To: va-bird AT listserve.com
Subject: [Va-bird] Info about Chan Robbins

This is taken from the mdbirding group email, and posted by Jane Fallon who
I would like to thank for keeping us informed.  I don't think she'd mind if
I shared it with Virginia birders.  Anyone can access   
http://www.mdbirding.com/  to read posts:

It is with sadness that we report that Chandler Robbins, our world famous
ornithologist, passed away on Monday March 20th.  He was a member of the
Patuxent Bird Club since its beginning and a founder of MOS.

Attached is a link to a tribute from the National Audubon Society: 
  http://www.audubon.org/news/in-memory-chandler-s-robbins

His obituary appeared in the Washington Post  earlier this week:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/chandler-robbins-frie
nd-to-birds-and-birdwatchers-dies-at-98/2017/03/23/d7c331b0-0f44-11e7-9b0d-d
27c98455440_story.html?utm_term=.018bdeff1738

There will be a memorial service on April 15 at the First United Methodist
Church in Laurel.  Details will be announced later.  Also a Life Celebration
is being planned by the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center where Chan worked
for 70 Years, date to be announced.

Bobbi Reichwein
Davidsonville, MD
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Subject: Info about Chan Robbins
From: Roberta Reichwein <b.reichwein AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:56:47 -0400
This is taken from the mdbirding group email, and posted by Jane Fallon who
I would like to thank for keeping us informed.  I don't think she'd mind if
I shared it with Virginia birders.  Anyone can access mdbirding.com to read
posts:




It is with sadness that we report that Chandler Robbins, our world famous
ornithologist, passed away on Monday March 20th.  He was a member of the
Patuxent Bird Club since its beginning and a founder of MOS.

Attached is a link to a tribute from the National Audubon Society
http://www.audubon.org/news/in-memory-chandler-s-robbins.

His obituary appeared in the Washington Post  earlier this week:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/
chandler-robbins-friend-to-birds-and-birdwatchers-dies-
at-98/2017/03/23/d7c331b0-0f44-11e7-9b0d-d27c98455440_story.html?utm_term=.
f7b9325e21e0

There will be a memorial service on April 15 at the First United Methodist
Church in Laurel.  Details will be announced later.  Also a Life
Celebration is being planned by the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center where
Chan worked for 70 Years, date to be announced.

Bobbi Reichwein
Davidsonville, MD
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Subject: Prairie Falcon - Yes
From: Melissa Roach <roach.mc1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:10:55 -0400
Currently in view on the tank. 

Melissa R

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Subject: Vesper Sparrows at Blandy Experimental Farm
From: "Carr, David E. (dec5z)" <dec5z AT eservices.virginia.edu>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:38:25 +0000
I saw two Vesper Sparrows along Berry's Ferry Road (CR 628) this morning at 9 
AM. The birds were at the edge of a winter wheat field along the south border 
of Blandy Experimental Farm (Clarke County). 


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Subject: eBird -- Lake Frederick -- Mar 27, 2017 Frederick Co.
From: david.boltz4 AT gmail.com
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 09:26:13 -0400
Lots of waterfowl on Lake Frederick this morning. 

Lake Frederick
Mar 27, 2017
9:05 AM
Stationary
15 Minutes
All birds reported? No
Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.4.2 Build 114

25 Canada Goose
4 Gadwall
3 American Wigeon
1 Mallard
20 Northern Shoveler
24 Ring-necked Duck
6 Greater Scaup
15 Lesser Scaup
60 Bufflehead -- Very large flock.
2 Hooded Merganser
1 Common Loon
1 Pied-billed Grebe
2 Horned Grebe
1 Double-crested Cormorant
2 Bonaparte's Gull

Number of Taxa: 15


Dave Boltz

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Subject: Re: Alexandria - Prairie Falcon
From: Daniel Joslyn <djoslyn48 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 09:22:10 -0400
I think our Falcon was still at the power plant this AM between 8:30 and 9,
but due to heavy fog basically what I saw was a falcon shape perched on one
of the tanks. Will try again this afternoon after the fog has hopefully
burned off.

-Dan Joslyn
Arlington, VA

On Sun, Mar 26, 2017 at 2:22 PM, Art Drauglis  wrote:

> Continues Sunday afternoon. Easy binocular and scope views from N Royal st
> at the RR tracks. Tops of tanks at south end of power plant seem to be
> preferred perches.
>
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Subject: Chandler Robbins
From: Sunny Yoder <sunnyyoder AT icloud.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:26:18 -0400
Thanks to several of you, I found the obit and appreciation that I had missed 
in the Post. It would have been good to know him. 



https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/chandler-robbins-friend-to-birds-and-birdwatchers-dies-at-98/2017/03/23/d7c331b0-0f44-11e7-9b0d-d27c98455440_story.html 
 


Sunny Yoder
Alexandria
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Subject: Great Falls Bird Walk 03/26/17 (Fairfax County)
From: Dendroica--- via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 06:34:44 -0400
Keith Huffman led our group of six.  Among the 33 species observed  were 
three cooperative Winter Wrens.  We meet on Sundays at 8 AM in the  visitors 
center parking lot, weather permitting.  All birders are welcome  to join us. 
 
 
Posted by Ralph Wall
 
The list:  
 
Canada Goose  16
American Black Duck  2
Ring-necked  Duck  20
Bufflehead  22
Common Merganser   2
Double-crested Cormorant  2
Great Blue Heron  5
Black  Vulture  8
Turkey Vulture  6
Bald Eagle  2
Ring-billed  Gull  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker   3
Downy Woodpecker  4
Hairy Woodpecker  2
Northern  Flicker  2
Pileated Woodpecker  3
Blue Jay  5
American  Crow  3
crow sp.  8
Carolina Chickadee  15
Tufted  Titmouse  25
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
Winter Wren   3
Carolina Wren  4
Eastern Bluebird  2
Hermit Thrush   1
American Robin  7
Chipping Sparrow  1
Dark-eyed Junco   30
Song Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  6
Red-winged  Blackbird  1
Brown-headed Cowbird  1

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Subject: Chandler Robbins
From: Sunny Yoder <sunnyyoder AT icloud.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2017 23:53:15 -0400
I haven’t seen anything about Mr. Robbins’ passing in the local press but 
happened upon a piece in my hometown newspaper the Corpus Christi Caller Times 
by South Texas birding legend Phyllis Yochem: 


One of the great joys of birding is the comparable accessibility of many of the 
luminaries of the pursuit. 


Chandler S. Robbins, principal author of “Birds of North America: A Guide to 
Field Identification,” died last week in Maryland at 98. Instantly 
recognizable to all who began birding in the time before the internet, the 
Golden Guide, as his book is commonly called, was the one that started it all 
for many enthusiasts. 



Sunny Yoder
Alexandria

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Subject: Augusta County today (78 species, Marsh Wren, migrants)
From: Gabriel Mapel via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 02:39:26 +0000 (UTC)
Hi all,Vic Laubach and I birded the day away today covering lots of territory 
in Augusta County.  Starting at sunrise at the Augusta Springs Wetlands we 
then made our way through Swoope, across to Stuarts Draft, up to Waynesboro and 
Fishersville before finishing in the Weyers Cave area at 6pm.  We had a great 
March day and in total found 78 species including several highlights.  Our top 
bird was a Marsh Wren located at the roadside marsh in Swoope along Trimbles 
Mill Rd across from North Mtn Rd. 


Below please find a list of our highlight birds with locations listed.Gabriel 
MapelNew Hope 


Blue-winged Teal 4 Bell's LaneHorned Grebe 1 Fishersville QuarryDouble-crested 
Cormorant 1 InVista Pond (Waynesboro)BC Night-Heron 2 InVista Pond 
(Waynesboro)Northern Harrier 2 Swoope 

Bald Eagle 5 Swoope Nest (occupied by adults) and Stuarts Draft Nest (occupied 
by adults and at least one eaglet)Wilson's Snipe 13 Various locationsHorned 
Lark 4 Guthrie Rd & Stuarts Draft WWTPN. Rough-winged Swallow 2 Swoope (Hope 
Lake, Boy Scout Camp) & Stuarts Draft WWTPBarn Swallow 1 Fishersville 
QuarryBlack-capped Chickadee 1 Augusta Springs WetlandsWinter Wren 1 Augusta 
Springs WetlandsMarsh Wren 1 Swoope (Trimbles Mill Rd)American Pipit 35 Guthrie 
RdLouisiana Waterthrush 1 Augusta Springs WetlandsVesper Sparrow 1 Swoope 
(Trimbles Mill Rd)Savannah Sparrow 26 All in SwoopeSwamp Sparrow 5 Augusta 
Springs Wetlands & SwoopeRusty Blackbird 1 Guthrie Rd 


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Subject: Black-throated Green Warbler, Williamsburg
From: Nick Newberry <nickenew1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2017 21:12:57 -0400
Hello,

While kayaking around Lake Matoaka this evening, I heard a Black-throated Green 
Warbler sing its full song at least 5 times. March 26 is listed as the extreme 
early date for this species in the coastal plain and this constitutes my first 
March record of this species. The Louisiana Waterthrushes and Yellow-throated 
Warblers are back as well. 


Best,
Nick


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Subject: Re: Alexandria - Prairie Falcon
From: Fred Atwood <fatwood AT flinthill.org>
Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2017 20:45:06 -0400
Bird was present again after about a 45 minute wait at this same location
at about 6:20 this evening. It did not perch; it just hovered over the
building for 20 seconds or so and then moved on to the south.  Many thanks
to all of you who posted updates to VA-Bird! Because of your posts, I
stopped on my way back home from Cape Cod (where I saw handsome drake King
Eider and Eurasian Green Winged Teal before I left)
ALl the best
Fred Atwood
Oakton, Fairfax Co, VA
Chatham, Barnstable Co, MA


On Sun, Mar 26, 2017 at 2:22 PM, Art Drauglis  wrote:

> Continues Sunday afternoon. Easy binocular and scope views from N Royal st
> at the RR tracks. Tops of tanks at south end of power plant seem to be
> preferred perches.
>
> Art D
> W DC
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Subject: Possible Crow Nest in Alexandria
From: William Boyd <billboliviaboyd AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2017 19:10:42 -0400
Birders,

I arose today early enough to view a crow repeatedly browsing the grassy
yard of a backyard in Arlington near Pentagon City Mall. The day before I'd
worked  in the yard to remove the upper 2/3rds of two enormously overgrown
shrubs, leaving many small sticks and twigs scattered in the grass. The
crow flying off with a bill full of materials returned minutes later to
repeat.

Once the day began to lighten up, I stepped out front to eye a tall tree 3
houses to the west (towards Arlington Ridge) where about 5/6th the way up a
large collection of bedding material appeared be hosting three crows. As
the morning progressed, interrupting myself from work on the front porch,
I'd stop to check out the crow action atop that tree.

My best guess = an active crow's nest. Now, I'm a fan of these corvids but
know little about their natural history particularly related to breeding
time, nesting, etc., so I'd appreciate the thoughts of more experienced
birders.

If anyone wants more details, please email directly. As I'll return to that
Arlington residence on Wednesday, I'll get many more looks.

Bill in Fredericksburg
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Subject: Mason Neck State Park eagles and coots
From: "Larry Cartwright" <prowarbler AT verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2017 17:42:07 -0400
Only two birders joined me for the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia
sponsored walk at Mason neck State Park today.   Waterfowl species diversity
was low, but there was still a lot of birds on Belmont Bay. A highlight was
watching four Bald Eagles trying to catch coots.  None succeeded, but it was
fascinating for our small group to watch.  There are lots of cowbirds
displaying today and bluebirds and Tree Swallows investigating nest boxes.
We also had two closeup views from two very cooperative Hermit Thrushes.

 

Mason Neck State Park, Fairfax, Virginia, US Mar 26, 2017 8:22 AM - 11:20 AM

Protocol: Traveling

1.5 mile(s)

41 species

 

Canada Goose  60

Wood Duck  4

Gadwall  300

American Black Duck  1

Mallard  80

Northern Shoveler  3

Canvasback  1

Lesser Scaup  800

Ruddy Duck  6

Double-crested Cormorant  3

Great Blue Heron  11

Osprey  4

Bald Eagle  8

American Coot  1200

Mourning Dove  3

Belted Kingfisher  1

Red-bellied Woodpecker  6

Downy Woodpecker  4

Northern Flicker  3

Pileated Woodpecker  2

Eastern Phoebe  2

Blue Jay  15

American Crow  5

Fish Crow  3

Tree Swallow  50

Carolina Chickadee  8

Tufted Titmouse  16

White-breasted Nuthatch  3

Carolina Wren  7

Eastern Bluebird  8

Hermit Thrush  2

American Robin  15

Chipping Sparrow  2

Dark-eyed Junco  25

White-throated Sparrow  40

Song Sparrow  10

Eastern Towhee  4

Northern Cardinal  9

Red-winged Blackbird  12

Brown-headed Cowbird  21

American Goldfinch  4

 

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Larry Cartwright

prowarbler AT verizon.net  

 

 

 

 

 

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Subject: Merrimac Farm
From: Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2017 21:41:14 +0000 (UTC)
Six birders gathered this morning for the Last-Sunday-of-the-Month Merimac Farm 
birdwalk sponsored by the Prince William Conservation Alliance.  We tallied 37 
species with Black and Turkey Vultures appearing in somewhat unusual numbers 
for Merrimac (Upon leaving after the birdwalk, We spotted a flock of about 50 
Black Vultures on a nearby farm field.); a large flock of Robins; and a dozen 
Eastern Phoebes. 

Canada Goose  8
Wood Duck  2
Black Vulture  5
Turkey Vulture  5
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Mourning Dove  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  12
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  3
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  2
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Eastern Phoebe  12
Blue Jay  19
American Crow  5
Fish Crow  1
Carolina Chickadee  15
Tufted Titmouse  15
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
Brown Creeper  1
Carolina Wren  5
Golden-crowned Kinglet  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Eastern Bluebird  2
American Robin  46
Brown Thrasher  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
Field Sparrow  4
Dark-eyed Junco  1
White-throated Sparrow  6
Song Sparrow  2
Eastern Towhee  8
Northern Cardinal  6
Red-winged Blackbird  4
Eastern Meadowlark  1
Common Grackle  3
Brown-headed Cowbird  1
House Finch  1
The Prince William Conservation Alliance birdwalks at the Merrimac Farm 
Wildlife Management Area in Nokesville take place at 8 AM on the final Sunday 
of every month.  Birders meet at the Area's entrance located at the stonehouse 
at the end of Deepwood Drive.  Questions may be directed to the Alliance at 
703.499.4954,  or alliance AT pwconserve.org 


Harry GlasgowNancy Vehrs
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Subject: [va-bird] Anyone else having problems receiving posts today?
From: Scott Priebe <falco57 AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2017 20:05:52 +0000
I've received exactly three (3) va-bird posts today, but not the one I posted 
myself (I usually receive my own, and had a reply to it from another birder). 


Don't know if the Dyke Marsh report was posted yet, but if so, I didn't get it. 
With the Prairie Falcon at Alexandria still, I would have expected more posts 
than the single post I received. 



Scott D. Priebe
Springfield, VA
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Subject: Prairie Falcon at Alexandria Power Plant: Pix
From: "Walter L. Barrows" <wbarrows AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2017 15:14:44 -0400
This morning I joined Ed Eder and several other birders to observe the
falcon from outside one of the gates to the decommissioned power plant.

The bird was actively hunting and defending its new-found territory from
Fish Crows and Turkey Vultures.  Here are some shots I took.
https://wlb3.smugmug.com/Virginia-Parks/Alexandria-Power-Plant/

Cheers

*Walt*
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Subject: Orientation to VABBA2 & More Comprehensive Training Sessions
From: "Joe Coleman" <joecoleman AT rstarmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2017 15:00:19 -0400
You're invited to come to a program sponsored by the Loudoun Wildlife
Conservancy: 

 

Birding for Conservation in Virginia's Second Breeding Bird Atlas (VABBA2) -
Sunday, April 2, 2:00 - 3:00 pm, The Stone Barn at
 the Coach House, Morven Park, Leesburg.
(Please use Old Waterford Rd. entrance to the park.) 2017 is the second year
of the Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas, the largest statewide bird conservation
effort to date. In 2016, more than 450 Atlas volunteers confirmed 174
species breeding species and reported over 200,000 observations to this
project. However, there is still much ground to cover in the next four
years. Dr. Ashley Peele, the State Atlas Coordinator, will speak about the
pressing need for better information on Virginia's breeding birds and how
citizen scientists are helping collect this valuable data. Come hear about
interesting results from the VABBA2's first year and how eBird is
revolutionizing our ability to collect and report real-time bird
observations. Any person with an interest in birds can contribute to this
project, so please join us for the talk and a Q&A session afterwards.
Questions: Contact  
jcoleman AT loudounwildlife.org or   
info AT loudounwildlife.org.
 
While there were only a couple of slots still open last week, Dr. Peele is
also offering a more comprehensive Spring Training Session at Frying Pan
Park in Herndon (Fairfax Co) on Saturday, April 1 from 8 am to 1 pm.  This
session will consist of morning small group field trips/walks led by
experienced Atlas volunteers, followed by a large group session on data
entry, reporting priority species, accurate location plotting, etc. You can
register for the training
 here.

 

For other training sessions coming up in other parts of the state check out
the Virginia Breeding Birds Atlas 2  website at www.vabba2.org
 

 

Joe Coleman

 

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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Mar 26, 2017
From: Phil Silas via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2017 14:58:07 -0400
 VA-Birders,
The Sunday at 8, free and open to all Bird Walk at the Dyke Marsh Wildlife 
Preserve had a chilly and breezy morning with 15 birders tallying 45 avian 
species. A non-avian highlight was the Black Snake in the men's room at the 
boat launch. No falcons were observed, but much discussion was about the 
amazing Prairie Falcon being seen just over 2 miles upstream. The Osprey and 
Bald Eagles were entertaining, especially when an Osprey with a fish objected 
to the perch of an eagle on one of the islands. The Osprey vocalized 
repeatedly, and flew close above the eagle, and the eagle held it's perch, and 
the Osprey moved on without the eagle being displaced or chasing to steal the 
fish. Four female Mergansers were along the island across from the end of the 
boardwalk. Nice enlarged photo images on Diane's camera and some discussion led 
to the conclusion that one who eventually separated from the group was a 
Common, and the other 3 were Red-breasted. Complete list below. 

Phil Silas
Woodbridge, VA


 

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To: epsdcva 
Sent: Sun, Mar 26, 2017 2:22 pm
Subject: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Mar 26, 2017

Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Fairfax, Virginia, US
Mar 26, 2017 7:43 AM - 10:54 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Chilly and breezy
45 species

Canada Goose  44
Mallard  16
Lesser Scaup  110
Bufflehead  4
Common Merganser 1 Female, solo until merging with 3 F RBME for a few minutes 
while at end of boardwalk, nice chance to study the sharp straight neck color 
change from rufous to white. 

Red-breasted Merganser 7 3 F at end of boardwalk, 2 pairs near picnic area at 
walk's end 

Pied-billed Grebe  2
Horned Grebe  5
Double-crested Cormorant  17
Great Blue Heron  1
Osprey  10
Cooper's Hawk  1
Bald Eagle  7
Ring-billed Gull  36
Herring Gull  3
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 8 flyovers between Hunting Creek and picnic area 

Mourning Dove  10
Red-bellied Woodpecker  5
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  4
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Phoebe  3
Blue Jay  3
Fish Crow  12
Tree Swallow  10
Carolina Chickadee  4
Tufted Titmouse  3
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Brown Creeper  2
Winter Wren  1
Carolina Wren  6
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
American Robin  20
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  6
White-throated Sparrow  5
Song Sparrow  12
Northern Cardinal  13
Red-winged Blackbird  60
Common Grackle  2
Brown-headed Cowbird  5
House Finch  2
American Goldfinch  3
House Sparrow  1

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Subject: Alexandria - Prairie Falcon
From: Art Drauglis <art AT adrauglis.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2017 14:22:24 -0400
Continues Sunday afternoon. Easy binocular and scope views from N Royal st at 
the RR tracks. Tops of tanks at south end of power plant seem to be preferred 
perches. 


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Subject: [va-bird] Prairie Falcon at Alexandria Power Plant ~ 12:30 PM today
From: Scott Priebe <falco57 AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2017 18:09:37 +0000
Falcon was frequenting various perches on the south side of the power plant 
building and on one of the storage tanks  AT 12:20-12:45 PM. Initially on one of 
the tanks, then swooped away and caught lunch. Was feeding while on perches on 
the south side of the power plant and the elevator ramp. 



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Subject: Re: Prairie Falcon and RFI
From: Jim Nelson <kingfishers2 AT verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2017 12:47:02 -0500 (CDT)
 Don, 


It is not on the official Virginia list on the VSO website, and there are no 
other observations in eBird. 



Also not on the official Maryland or DC lists either.


Quite a find!


Jim Nelson
Bethesda, MD
 
 
On 03/26/17, Donald Sweig wrote:
 
 The Prairie Falcon was well seen, perched and flying, this morning from the 
bicycle trail near the old power plant in Alexandria. It can often be seen from 
the corner of Bashford Lane and Royal Street. I parked nearby and saw and 
photographed it from the bicycle trail. 

 RFI: Can someone please confirm that this was in fact the first Prairie Falcon 
seen and recorded in Virginia. 

 What a wonderful bird.
 Donald Sweig
 Falls Church, Virginia

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Subject: Prairie Falcon and RFI
From: Donald Sweig <skybirds.d AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2017 13:23:57 -0400
 The Prairie Falcon was well seen, perched and flying, this morning from the 
bicycle trail near the old power plant in Alexandria. It can often be seen from 
the corner of Bashford Lane and Royal Street. I parked nearby and saw and 
photographed it from the bicycle trail. 

 RFI: Can someone please confirm that this was in fact the first Prairie Falcon 
seen and recorded in Virginia. 

   What a wonderful bird.
    Donald Sweig
   Falls Church, Virginia

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Subject: Alexandria Prairie Falcon
From: Michael Mayer <michaelmayer48 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2017 14:40:38 +0000
Present in area of power plant as of 10:35. Having a lot of interaction with 
Crows so not sitting as much as it did yesterday evening. Corner of Bashford 
Lane and N. Royal St. is good location to park and scan. 


Michael Mayer
Alexandria, VA
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Subject: Prairie Falcon in Alexandria
From: Janet Paisley <janetpaisley AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2017 10:08:19 -0400
Continues now
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Subject: FOS osprey Orange VA
From: Suzanne Stewart <suzinotsue AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2017 08:55:33 -0400
I had a pair of osprey fishing on the lake this morning. Good to see them back. 


Suzanne
Lake of the Woods Locust Grove. 

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Subject: Hearing aids with birders in mind
From: Tom Thomas <tomtom218 AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 21 Mar 2017 11:11:12 -0400
        Looking for assistance/recommendations from birders regarding 
selecting a hearing aid. A few years back there was a discussion on 
Birdchat regarding this, but I understand that technology has improved 
and wonder if any of the posters here could point me in the right direction.

       My wife has been gently (sometimes not so gently) urging me to 
get a hearing aid for normal conversation, watching TV, etc. - the 
normal stuff. Over the last few years I've noticed that when I go 
birding with others, I'm missing the songs and call notes that others 
are clearly hearing.

      I've heard (!) that some of the newer aids can be programmed back 
and forth for specific uses, i.e. high frequency, for birds.

      Before I start going to audiologists and getting sales pitches, 
I'd thought I'd start here.

      Thanks in advance for your help.

      Tom Thomas

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Subject: Possible Prairie Falcon (Tide Lock Park, Alexandria)
From: Will McPhail <butcherbird2013 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Mar 2017 16:02:14 +0000
Being observed at the moment from the boardwalk section of the park. Bird
is sitting on the old power plant. Photos taken by others. The concensus
seems to be Prairie rather than a lighter, young Peregrine (molar, facial
pattern, dark auxiliaries, clean light supercilium, etc.).

Will McPhail
Washington, DC
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Subject: Chippie in Falls Church
From: Donald Sweig <skybirds.d AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:39:41 -0400
  I just had my FOS, and uncommon in my yard, Chipping Sparrow this morning.
  So nice to see !!
    Donald Sweig 
    Falls Church, Virginia

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Subject: Bird ID needed by rehabber (3rd try to post)
From: Connie & Wilton Sale <humnchirp AT verizon.net>
Date: Tue, 21 Mar 2017 19:24:41 -0500 (CDT)
 Got a call about a downed bird at a local school. By the time I arrived, bird 
had disappeared. I do not know what kind of bird this is. Can anyone ID for me? 
I'm curious. 




http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj193/humnchirp/songbirds/Mystery%20bird%20great%20bridge%20mid%20school_zpsir94xnxb.jpg 



Connie & Wilton Sale 
Chesapeake,VA 23322 
humnchirp AT verizon.net 
Hummingbirds and Songbirds 
State and Federal Permits 
NWRA, IWRC 
WildLife Response, Inc. 

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Subject: Re: Bird ID needed by rehabber (3rd try to post)
From: Kurt <kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net>
Date: Tue, 21 Mar 2017 20:28:13 -0400
Wow!  Yellow Rail!

Kurt Gaskill


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> On Mar 21, 2017, at 8:24 PM, Connie & Wilton Sale  
wrote: 

> 
> Got a call about a downed bird at a local school. By the time I arrived, bird 
had disappeared. I do not know what kind of bird this is. Can anyone ID for me? 
I'm curious. 

> 
> 
> 
http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj193/humnchirp/songbirds/Mystery%20bird%20great%20bridge%20mid%20school_zpsir94xnxb.jpg 

> 
> 
> Connie & Wilton Sale 
> Chesapeake,VA 23322 
> humnchirp AT verizon.net 
> Hummingbirds and Songbirds 
> State and Federal Permits 
> NWRA, IWRC 
> WildLife Response, Inc. 
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Subject: Re: Hearing aids with birders in mind
From: Wendy Ealding <wendy.ealding AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Mar 2017 13:25:55 -0400
Tom

I've got recent experience with this, I got mine last year.  I have mild
hearing loss, at both ends of the range, moderate at the extreme end of the
upper range.  (They only test to 8 kHz).

Yes, if you get the right kind of hearing aid, the audiologist can create
different programs - for instance, I have one for noisy environments like
restaurants and parties, as well as the normal setting.  It helps some.
Some things to be aware of.
1.  Hearing aids are designed for human speech and as such typically only
have a range up to 8 kHz  - a lot of higher frequency bird calls go above
that.  That said, it does help me - Parulas now sound like the way I
learned them rather than like Chipping Sparrows.
2.  Because they are designed for human speech, they only work at close
range.  That means when you are birding with a young hot shot, even with
hearing aids you will not be able to hear the birds they can hear at
distance.
3.  If you get a program that enhances the higher frequencies much more
than is usual for human speech, be aware that there are many common
background noises that will drive you crazy.  Things like rustling paper,
people blowing their noses.
4.  If you have had hearing loss for a while, and it's gotten into the more
moderate range, it will take you a while to relearn "how to hear".  Mine
wasn't that bad because I dealt with it early.  But my audiologist said
that we have hearing memory and it's use it or lose it, the brain forgets
when the ear is no longer sending signal.  It's a lot of the reason why
people who let their hearing loss get bad and then say they can't "get on"
with hearing aids.

When I worked with the audiologist, I printed out some spectrograms of
common species from Xeno-canto as examples of what I was aiming for.

Hope this helps and good luck!

Wendy Ealding
Midlothian

On Tue, Mar 21, 2017 at 11:11 AM, Tom Thomas  wrote:

>        Looking for assistance/recommendations from birders regarding
> selecting a hearing aid. A few years back there was a discussion on
> Birdchat regarding this, but I understand that technology has improved and
> wonder if any of the posters here could point me in the right direction.
>
>       My wife has been gently (sometimes not so gently) urging me to get a
> hearing aid for normal conversation, watching TV, etc. - the normal stuff.
> Over the last few years I've noticed that when I go birding with others,
> I'm missing the songs and call notes that others are clearly hearing.
>
>      I've heard (!) that some of the newer aids can be programmed back and
> forth for specific uses, i.e. high frequency, for birds.
>
>      Before I start going to audiologists and getting sales pitches, I'd
> thought I'd start here.
>
>      Thanks in advance for your help.
>
>      Tom Thomas
>
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Subject: scaups in tidal basin
From: m b <marlabeth AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:41:39 +0000
I was at the cherry blossoms yesterday and saw 20 scaup in the tidal basin. I 
had not brought binoculars, camera, or any other useful thing, so I could not 
even try to tell if they were greater or lesser, but they were near the FDR 
yesterday. 



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Northern Virginia
















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Subject: Black-headed Gull- Colonial Heights 3/23
From: Adam D'Onofrio <bigadfromlb AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:50:37 -0400 (EDT)
I stopped by the gull pond next to the Walmart in Colonial Heights after 
work today. I was looking for the Iceland Gull that had been reported there 
recently. Didn't find that but did find an adult BLACK-HEADED GULL chilling on 
the shoreline. The bird was flushed by a person that came to feed bread to the 
gulls and headed in the direction of the landfill but it could certainly 
return. Ebird list pasted below with a couple of photos. Good birding. 



Adam D'Onofrio

North Dinwiddie


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35378838

 
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Subject: Prairie Falcon at Alexandria Power Plant, Alexandria, Virginia, Mar 25, 2017
From: Elton Morel via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Mar 2017 20:27:57 +0000 (UTC)
 VA Birders:
Indeed, there is a Prairie Falcon at the Alexandria Power Plant in Alexandria, 
Virginia.  The bird was observed and photographed by many observers early this 
afternoon and was still present when I left at 2PM.  The birding was perched 
on the beams on the south side of the power plant.  It was eating a sparrow.  
If you can't immediately locate it, be patient for the bird to periodically 
take flight and then return to perch on the side of the power plant.  

To reach the power plant in Alexandria, I drove to George Washington Memorial 
Parkway and turned east on Bashford Lane which is at the north end of Old Town 
Alexandria but south of Dangerfield Island.  Driving along Bashford Lane, make 
a right (south) on North Royal Street then left (east) on 3rd Street.  I 
parked at the corner of 3rd Street and North Fairfax Street, walked east across 
the railroad tracks to the Mt Vernon bike trail, then north along the bike 
trail to the power plant.  At the time that I was observing the bird, the best 
view was on top of a flat, grassy area along the east fence line of the power 
plant (left hand side of the Mt Vernon bike trail as you are walking north).  
It is also a good spot to stay out of the heavy traffic of bicyclists and 
walkers along the trail. 

Below is the eBird checklist plus a link to the photos posted on eBird.
Elton MorelArlington, VA

Alexandria Power Plant, Alexandria, Virginia, US
Mar 25, 2017 12:50 PM - 2:00 PM
Protocol: Stationary
15 species (+1 other taxa)

Lesser Scaup 30
Ruddy Duck 6
Pied-billed Grebe 3
Turkey Vulture 1
Osprey 1
Bald Eagle 1
Mourning Dove 3
Prairie Falcon 1 Continuing bird. Perched on beams on south side of Alexandria 
Power Plant; eating a sparrow. Large falcon with medium brown upper parts; no 
slaty tones to the upper parts as in PEFA. Thin, brown "moustache". White spot 
behind eye. White supercilium. Folded wings noticeably shorter than tail. 
Yellow cere. Despite folded wing, can see black flanks on otherwise white under 
parts with sparse spotting. The black axillars were seen well when falcon was 
in flight (unfortunately no photos of bird in flight). 

American Crow 2
Fish Crow 1
crow sp. 3
American Robin 1
Northern Mockingbird 2
European Starling 5
Dark-eyed Junco 1
House Finch 1 heard only

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35418970

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



   
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Subject: Update Re: Lake Frederick Waterfowl-Frederick Co.
From: david.boltz4 AT gmail.com
Date: Tue, 21 Mar 2017 10:23:01 -0400
I went down to the lake. Long-tailed Ducks are 3 beautiful breeding plumage 
males and 2 females. 3 more RB Mergansers flew in, 2 of which were males. 
Closer scoped view of Scaup showing them to likely be Lesser. All easily 
viewable from the boat launch area. 


Also added 2 Pied-billed Grebes and 4 first of season Tree Swallows, along with 
a good number of Canada Geese and 3 Great Blue Herons and a Belted Kingfisher 
rattling somewhere in the distance. 


Dave Boltz

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On Mar 21, 2017, at 9:21 AM, david.boltz4 AT gmail.com wrote:

On the lake right now, via Bill Parkin.

9 Red-breasted Merg F, 5 Redheads, 4 M Greater Scaup, 5 Long-tailed Ducks, 1 
Horned Grebe, 6 Buffleheads, & at least 6 Wood Ducks. 


Dave Boltz

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Subject: Re: Black-headed Gull- Colonial Heights 3/23
From: Wendy Ealding <wendy.ealding AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:22:48 -0400
Wasn't there this morning when Patty Elton and I tried for it.  Gull
numbers seem to be down compared with my last visit at the beginning of the
month, and many of the Ring-bills are looking pretty ratty in their molt.

http://ebird.org/ebird/va/view/checklist/S35393899

Wendy Ealding
Midlothian

On Thu, Mar 23, 2017 at 5:50 PM, Adam D'Onofrio 
wrote:

> I stopped by the gull pond next to the Walmart in Colonial Heights after
> work today.  I was looking for the Iceland Gull that had been reported
> there recently.  Didn't find that but did find an adult BLACK-HEADED GULL
> chilling on the shoreline. The bird was flushed by a person that came to
> feed bread to the gulls and headed in the direction of the landfill but it
> could certainly return.  Ebird list pasted below with a couple of photos.
> Good birding.
>
>
> Adam D'Onofrio
>
> North Dinwiddie
>
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35378838
>
>
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Subject: Monticello Park, Alexandria..Pine Warbler
From: "Albright, Tom (USMS)" <Tom.Albright2 AT usdoj.gov>
Date: Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:56:25 +0000
Flood gates starting to open in early migration after 10 days of northerly flow
12+ E. Phoebe
1 Pine Warbler
5 GC Kinglets
1 YB Sapsucker
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Subject: FW: When feeding the birds goes too far
From: "Ed and Helen Morgan" <edandhelenmorgan AT embarqmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Mar 2017 10:32:29 -0400
Residential home on Main Street in Saltville, Virginia 3/25/17. Ed Morgan,
Abingdon, Va

-----Original Message-----
From: Edward Morgan [mailto:tredegar75 AT gmail.com] 
Sent: Saturday, March 25, 2017 10:14 AM
To: A A Morgan 
Cc: Helen Morgan 
Subject: When feeding the birds goes too far





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Subject: Re: Hearing aids with birders in mind
From: Jean Tatalias <jtatalias AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2017 07:09:09 -0400
Good summary, Wendy, and very similar to my experience. I believe some of the 
newest aids do go to higher frequency ranges than human speech. 


I can amplify the highest range that mine reach for birding. But in addition to 
birds and music, be aware that machinery and electrical wires can emit sounds 
in those ranges as well. And as you say, you must be at pretty close range. 


Still, I hear more song than I did before I got my hearing aids. 

Sent from my iPhone

> On Mar 21, 2017, at 1:25 PM, Wendy Ealding  wrote:
> 
> Tom
> 
> I've got recent experience with this, I got mine last year.  I have mild
> hearing loss, at both ends of the range, moderate at the extreme end of the
> upper range.  (They only test to 8 kHz).
> 
> Yes, if you get the right kind of hearing aid, the audiologist can create
> different programs - for instance, I have one for noisy environments like
> restaurants and parties, as well as the normal setting.  It helps some.
> Some things to be aware of.
> 1.  Hearing aids are designed for human speech and as such typically only
> have a range up to 8 kHz  - a lot of higher frequency bird calls go above
> that.  That said, it does help me - Parulas now sound like the way I
> learned them rather than like Chipping Sparrows.
> 2.  Because they are designed for human speech, they only work at close
> range.  That means when you are birding with a young hot shot, even with
> hearing aids you will not be able to hear the birds they can hear at
> distance.
> 3.  If you get a program that enhances the higher frequencies much more
> than is usual for human speech, be aware that there are many common
> background noises that will drive you crazy.  Things like rustling paper,
> people blowing their noses.
> 4.  If you have had hearing loss for a while, and it's gotten into the more
> moderate range, it will take you a while to relearn "how to hear".  Mine
> wasn't that bad because I dealt with it early.  But my audiologist said
> that we have hearing memory and it's use it or lose it, the brain forgets
> when the ear is no longer sending signal.  It's a lot of the reason why
> people who let their hearing loss get bad and then say they can't "get on"
> with hearing aids.
> 
> When I worked with the audiologist, I printed out some spectrograms of
> common species from Xeno-canto as examples of what I was aiming for.
> 
> Hope this helps and good luck!
> 
> Wendy Ealding
> Midlothian
> 
>> On Tue, Mar 21, 2017 at 11:11 AM, Tom Thomas  wrote:
>> 
>>       Looking for assistance/recommendations from birders regarding
>> selecting a hearing aid. A few years back there was a discussion on
>> Birdchat regarding this, but I understand that technology has improved and
>> wonder if any of the posters here could point me in the right direction.
>> 
>>      My wife has been gently (sometimes not so gently) urging me to get a
>> hearing aid for normal conversation, watching TV, etc. - the normal stuff.
>> Over the last few years I've noticed that when I go birding with others,
>> I'm missing the songs and call notes that others are clearly hearing.
>> 
>>     I've heard (!) that some of the newer aids can be programmed back and
>> forth for specific uses, i.e. high frequency, for birds.
>> 
>>     Before I start going to audiologists and getting sales pitches, I'd
>> thought I'd start here.
>> 
>>     Thanks in advance for your help.
>> 
>>     Tom Thomas
>> 
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Subject: Re: Hearing aids with birders in mind
From: Scott Priebe <falco57 AT msn.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Mar 2017 16:00:12 +0000
I wear hearing aids, and for general purposes, they help alot. As for birding, 
mine have a sound compression program, i.e. they lower high pitches to an 
audible level. This means you have to relearn the songs. Even so, when I bird 
with people who have decent hearing, they still hear much more than I do, 
especially high pitched songs. I can only hear a Cape May Warbler if its 
singing within 20 feet or less of me, and no wind. 



My current aids are a few years old, so perhaps there have been advances since 
then. One issue is that they don't amplify high end of normal human range, at 
least not without compression, and even with compression, I don't think they 
compress pitches above human range. 



Scott D. Priebe
Springfield, VA


________________________________
From: va-bird  on behalf of Tom 
Thomas  

Sent: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 11:11 AM
To: va-bird AT listserve.com
Subject: [Va-bird] Hearing aids with birders in mind

        Looking for assistance/recommendations from birders regarding
selecting a hearing aid. A few years back there was a discussion on
Birdchat regarding this, but I understand that technology has improved
and wonder if any of the posters here could point me in the right direction.

       My wife has been gently (sometimes not so gently) urging me to
get a hearing aid for normal conversation, watching TV, etc. - the
normal stuff. Over the last few years I've noticed that when I go
birding with others, I'm missing the songs and call notes that others
are clearly hearing.

      I've heard (!) that some of the newer aids can be programmed back
and forth for specific uses, i.e. high frequency, for birds.

      Before I start going to audiologists and getting sales pitches,
I'd thought I'd start here.

      Thanks in advance for your help.

      Tom Thomas

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