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> From: Steve Cordle [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> Sent: Tuesday, April 26, 2005 4:51 PM
> Subject: DC Area, 4/26/05
> Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
> Date: 4/26/05
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> This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon
> Naturalist Society. This tape was made Tuesday, April 26, at 5:00
> Top birds this week are SWALLOW-TAILED KITE in MD and WESTERN
> TANAGER in VA.
> Birds of interest this week include RED-NECKED GREBE,
> AMERICAN BITTERN, HOODED MERGANSER, raptors, rails,
> BLACK-NECKED STILTS, AMERICAN AVOCET, GULL-BILLED TERN,
> CHUCK-WILL'S WIDOW and WHIP-POOR-WILL, flycatchers, WINTER
> WREN, warblers, tanagers, sparrows, BOBOLINK, ROSE-BREASTED
> and BLUE GROSBEAK, and RED CROSSBILL.
> A SWALLOW-TAILED KITE was observed flying overhead on April
> 23 in the area between Hughes Hollow and Sycamore Landing in
> Montgomery Co, MD.
> The female WESTERN TANAGER that has been in Virginia Beach,
> VA for the last few months was again seen on April 20.
> A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen close to the shore from Water
> Street between Mill St and Choptank Ave in Cambridge, MD on April
> AMERICAN BITTERNS were seen in several locations last week.
> They were observed at Hughes Hollow on April 20 and April 24
> and at the Milford Mill Park, Baltimore, MD on April 23.
> Female HOODED MERGANSERS with ducklings were seen at both
> Hughes Hollow, Montgomery Co, MD and at Huntley Meadows Park,
> Fairfax Co, VA on April 24 and April 25.
> On April 20 a NORTHERN GOSHAWK was perched a hundred yards
> from the junction of Rt. 924 and FS 85 in Rockingham Co, VA.
> A MERLIN was perched in the top of a tree at the Baptist
> Church in Marshall, Fauquier Co, VA, on April 23.
> The SORA at Hughes Hollow, Montgomery Co, MD was seen through
> April 25; it frequents the area close to the bulletin board,
> in the second impoundment on the right. Hughes Hollow also
> continued to host a brightly colored VIRGINIA RAIL with
> reports from April 20; this bird favors the marsh along the
> cross dike, about 70 yards out from the main dike. There are
> also at least two SORAS and VIRGINIA RAILS at Lilypons,
> Frederick Co, MD. They were seen on April 23 and again on April
> KING RAILS were again reported from Prince William Co, VA.
> One was observed at the Julie Metz wetlands on April 21 and
> another at the Occoquan NWR on April 23.
> Two BLACK-NECKED STILTS were seen at the Rt. 50 borrow pit
> west of Salisbury, MD on April 20. A BLACK-NECKED STILT was
> also seen April 23 towards the end of the wildlife loop in
> the Chincoteague NWR, Accomack, Co, MD.
> Three AMERICAN AVOCETS were seen in the south impoundment at
> Craney Island, Portsmouth, VA on April 20 and April 21.
> A GULL-BILLED TERN was also seen at Craney Island on both these
> A CHUCK-WILL'S WIDOW was heard in Dameron, St. Mary's Co, MD
> on April 22 and another in First Landing SP, Virginia Beach,
> VA. Two WHIP-POOR-WILLS were calling along Ticonderoga Rd in
> southeastern Loudoun Co, VA on April 20.
> Several different flycatcher species re-appeared in the area
> last week. An EASTERN WOOD-PEEWEE was reported from the
> Dismal Swamp, VA on April 20 and another was heard and seen
> on April 21 in Elkton, Cecil Co, MD. ACADIAN FLYCATCHERS were
> heard and seen in St. Mary's Co, MD and Spotsylvania Co, VA
> on April 21. A LEAST FLYCATCHER was seen at Centennial Lake,
> Howard Co, MD on April 21. And GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHERS and
> EASTERN KINGBIRDS were widely seen.
> A COMMON RAVEN flew over the C&O Canal NP in Montgomery Co,
> MD between Pennyfield Lock and Blockhouse Point.
> WINTER WRENS were reported from numerous locations throughout
> the area.
> Warbler reports increased dramatically last week with at
> least 27 different warbler species reported. The reports
> included a BLUE-WINGED WARBLER from Cockpit Rd, Prince
> William Co, VA on April 24. An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was
> seen on April 24 in the vines and tangles near the parking
> area on Daingerfield Island, south of Four Mile Run, in
> Alexandria. BLACKBURNIAN WARBLERS were reported from Hughes
> Hollow on April 21 and along Lakeview Rd (Lake Brittle),
> Fauquier Co, VA on April 23 and from parking area 17 in Rock
> Creek Park that same day. CERULEAN WARBLERS were reported
> from the visitor center parking area in Rock Creek Park and
> from the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship,
> Loudoun Co, VA on April 23, and from Milford Mill Park,
> Baltimore Co, Md on April 24. Two SWAINSON'S WARBLERS were
> reported from the Dismal Swamp on April 21.
> A SUMMER TANAGER was seen on April 20 at Hall Creek NRMA,
> Dunkirk, Calvert Co, MD, another from Dameron, St. Mary's Co,
> MD on April 22 and still another at Leesylvania SP, Prince
> William Co, VA on April 23. While a single SCARLET TANAGER
> was noteworthy last week, there were numerous sightings of
> them last week.
> A VESPER SPARROW was found April 22 at the Occoquan NWR and
> another on April 23 at the Eastern Neck NWR, Kent Co, MD.
> GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were reported singing on territory in
> Lincoln, Loudoun Co, VA on April 19 and at the Blue Ridge
> Center for Environmental Stewardship's share farm on April
> 23. A migrant GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was singing at the ball
> fields at Layhill Park, Montgomery Co, MD on April 26. A
> LINCOLN'S SPARROW was seen at the Middle Patuxent
> Environmental Area, Howard Co, MD on April 21.
> Two BOBOLINKS were seen at Soller's Wharf, Calvert Co, MD on April
> A number of ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS and BLUE GROSBEAKS were
> seen at feeders this past week.
> A trip to Reddish Knob in Augusta Co, VA on April 20 found 19
> RED CROSSBILLS in several different locations in Rockingham
> Co, VA. Seven of the RED CROSSBILLS were seen from a small
> parking area on Briery Branch Reservoir with the others
> further down the road. A second trip to this same location on
> April 26 found at least three RED CROSSBILLS.
> Some of this week's reports have been gleaned from the
> MDOSPREY and VA-Bird list servers.
> Finding Birds in the National Capital Area by Claudia Wilds
> is an excellent source of directions to many birding sites.
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> * Of interest to the MD/DC Records Committee. For more
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