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> From: Steve Cordle [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> Sent: Tuesday, November 29, 2005 7:05 PM
> Subject: DC Area, 11/29/2005
> Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
> Date: 11/29/2005
> Coverage: MD/DC/VA/DE
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> This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon
> Naturalist Society. This tape was made Tuesday, November 29, at 6
> Top birds this week are *Selasphorus HUMMINGBIRD,
> *WHITE-WINGED DOVE, and *ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER in VA and
> HAMMOND'S FLYCATCHER in MD.
> Other birds of interest include ROSS'S GOOSE, CACKLING GOOSE,
> TUNDRA SWAN, REDHEAD, COMMON EIDER, grebes, raptors, COMMON
> MOORHEN, AMERICAN WOODCOCK, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL,
> EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE, SHORT-EARED OWL, RUBY-THROATED
> HUMMINGBIRD, GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, HORNED LARK,
> BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, AMERICAN
> PIPIT, AMERICAN TREE and other sparrows, LAPLAND LONGSPUR,
> SNOW BUNTING, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, and PINE SISKIN.
> The *Selasphorus HUMMINGBIRD continues to frequent a yard in
> Cape Charles, Northampton Co, VA. It was seen at 9 Randolph
> Ave as recently as Nov 28.
> After an absence of 2 weeks, the WHITE-WINGED DOVE was found
> again in Cape Charles on Nov 28; it perched in a linden tree
> in front of the house at 11 Randolph Ave.
> A HAMMOND'S FLYCATCHER, making a rare East Coast appearance,
> was discovered Nov 23 in Monkton, northern Baltimore Co, and
> it was seen several times each day thereafter through Nov 28;
> on Nov 29, it made a fleeting appearance around 9 a.m. Its
> location was the North Central Railroad Trail (DeLorme 75
> C5); the NCRT parking lot is on the north side of Monkton Rd,
> a little east of where it crosses Gunpowder Falls. To look
> for the bird, take the trail about half a mile north to a
> large abandoned stone building. The bird has been seen
> feeding on the berry trees north of the building, and in the
> mountain laurel behind and uphill from the building.
> A cooperative *ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER continues to visit the
> hawk watch platform at Kiptopeke SP, Northampton Co, with
> reports from Nov 25 and 26.
> A ROSS'S GOOSE was seen Nov 26 at Bombay Hook NWR, DE, across
> from Shearness Pool.
> At least 3 CACKLING GEESE were present Nov 26 in the
> impoundments along Broadkill Beach Rd, DE.
> Some 57 TUNDRA SWANS were resting and preening in the cove
> off of the Dameron Marsh Natural Area, near the bottom of the
> Northern Neck, Northumberland Co, VA; the swans were easily
> seen from the public viewing area. Fifty TUNDRA SWANS were
> seen Nov 25 at Snow Goose Pool, Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA.
> On Nov 26, birders on the ANS trip to Eastern Neck NWR, Kent
> Co, MD, saw thousands of waterfowl, including 1,000 TUNDRA
> SWANS and 17 species of duck, among them 40 male REDHEADS.
> In the District, the McMillan Reservoir (at Michigan Ave and 1st
> NW) hosted a nice assortment of waterfowl, including
> REDHEADS. And a REDHEAD was found Nov 26 a Kingstown Lake,
> Alexandria VA.
> In Carroll Co, MD, Piney Run Reservoir featured 10 duck
> species, plus EARED, HORNED, and PIED-BILLED GREBES, as
> recently as Nov 28.
> On Nov 27, the waters of Accotink Bay and Pohick Bay, Fairfax
> Co, VA, were filled with thousands of waterfowl, many close
> the shore; these flocks, too, included a REDHEAD and a CANVASBACK.
> On Nov 25, 9 COMMON EIDERS flew northward past the Point at
> Cape Henlopen SP, DE. On Nov 27, a COMMON MOORHEN was noted
> at Accotink Bay.
> A loose flock of about 30 GANNETS flew past Scientists
> Cliffs, overlooking the Chesapeake Bay in Calvert Co, MD, on Nov
> Three NORTHERN GOSHAWKS were tallied Nov 24 at the hawk watch
> at Harvey's Knob on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Roanoke, VA.
> A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was reported from a yard in Beltsville,
> Prince George's Co, MD, on Nov 27.
> Kiptopeke scored a NORTHERN GOSHAWK Nov 27, one GOLDEN EAGLE
> on Nov 23, and 2 GOLDEN EAGLES Nov 26.
> Two light-phase ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were spotted Nov 26 in
> Garrett Co, MD, about 1 mile north of Cranesville Swamp.
> Four SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen Nov 26 in Garrett Co, from
> Aaron's Run Rd.
> On Nov 24, the District hosted three falcon species: AMERICAN
> KESTREL at McMillan Reservoir, MERLIN at Hains Point, SW DC
> (halfway down the loop on the Washington Channel side), and 2
> PEREGRINES, on the wires of the RR bridge adjacent to the
> 14th St Bridge over the Potomac.
> On Nov 22, 2 PEREGRINE FALCONS were observed as they flew
> past an office building at Bailey's Crossroads, Fall Church,
> Fairfax Co. On Nov 25, a MERLIN was seen at Ben Brenman Park,
> Cameron Station, Alexandria, perched high in a tree near the
> end of the lake nearest the houses.
> Four SANDHILL CRANES flew over the Kiptopeke hawk watch
> platform on Nov 25.
> On Nov 26, a pair of AMERICAN WOODCOCKS was foraging along
> the Hike/Bike trail at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax Co.
> Four LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were resting along the beach
> at Chincoteague on Nov 25.
> It is reported that the population of EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES
> in the Sandbridge area of Virginia Beach continues to expand.
> Some 27 were seen Nov 27, 19 of them side-by-side on
> telephone wires along the 2800 block of Sandpiper Rd.
> A hummingbird, thought to be a female or juvenile
> RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, has been frequenting a yard in
> Silver Spring, Montgomery Co, for the past two weeks, with
> the most recent sighting Nov 28. Initially it fed on flowers;
> now, post-freeze, it is relying on a feeder.
> A Myiarchus flycatcher, identified as a GREAT CRESTED
> FLYCATCHER on the basis of its relatively bright and
> contrasting plumage, was observed Nov 25 along the C&O Canal
> in Montgomery Co; it was a short ways upstream from Sycamore
> BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES continue. Reports this week come from
> the Pilot Town Rd Serpentine Barrens in extreme NW Cecil Co,
> and Webster-Lapidum Rd, just south of Susquehanna State Park,
> Harford Co, MD. A BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE was found at Battery
> Kemble Park, NW DC, on Nov 26.
> RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES continue to flit through the area,
> with reports from Piney Run, Upper Marlboro in Prince
> George's Co, and Darnestown in Montgomery Co, and Pohick Bay
> Park, Fairfax Co.
> At least 70 AMERICAN PIPITS were seen Nov 26 in the vicinity
> of Blackwater NWR, Dorchester Co, MD; they were near the
> intersection of Key Wallace Drive and Egypt Rd. Dozens of
> AMERICAN PIPITS were found Nov 27 at the Easton WWTP, Talbot Co,
> AMERICAN TREE SPARROW was reported Nov 26 from Mason Neck SP,
> Fairfax Co, and the Blue Ridge Center in western Loudoun Co,
> VA, as well as the Oakington Farm and Perryman areas in
> Harford Co, MD. On Nov 25, AMERICAN TREE was one of 7 species
> of sparrow seen at Julie Metz wetlands in Prince William Co.
> On Nov 26, AMERICAN TREE was one of 7 species--along with FOX
> and WHITE-CROWNED--at the Blue Mash Nature Trail, Montgomery
> Co. FOX SPARROWS were also noted at Kenilworth Aquatic
> Gardens, NE DC, on Nov 23, and Huntley Meadows Nov 26.
> Ten or more SNOW BUNTINGS, plus at least 3 LAPLAND LONGSPURS,
> were observed Nov 26 along Cartanza Rd, just northwest of
> Little Creek, DE (Cartanza runs between DE 8 and DE 9). On
> Nov 25, a dozen or more LAPLAND LONGSPURS and 3 SNOW BUNTINGS
> were found with a flock of 100 HORNED LARKS in Culpeper Co,
> VA; these birds were along Myers Mill Rd
> (623) at the intersection of Springs Rd (802), just past the
> Rappahanock River and the Fauquier Co line.
> A YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was seen at Kiptopeke Nov 26. That
> same day a YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was found in Virginia
> Beach; it was in a
> newly tilled field at the corner of Morris Neck and Munden Rds.
> A PINE SISKIN visited a feeder in Silver Spring Nov 23.
> See Life Paulagics is running a trip out of Lewes, DE, on
> Saturday, Dec 10, looking for alcids and other winter
> seabirds. For more information, call 215-234-6805 or see
> their web site at paulagics.com.
> Some of this week's reports have been gleaned from the
> MDOSPREY, VA-Bird, and DE Birds list servers.
> Finding Birds in the National Capital Area by Claudia Wilds
> is an excellent source of directions to many birding sites.
> The ANS Bookstore (301-652-3606 or
> www.audubonnaturalist.org/cgi-bin/mesh/store) is an excellent
> source for this and many other nature-related titles.
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> Thank you for calling, and GOOD BIRDING.
> *Of interest to either the MD/DC Records Committee
> (www.MDBirds.org/mddcrc/rcindex.html) or the VA Records
> Committee (www.virginiabirds.org).