DC Area, 1/10/2017


Merlin,©Paolo Masi

Hotline:     Voice of the Naturalist
Date:        1/10/2017
Coverage:    MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments and questions: voice@anshome.org=20
Compiler:    Gerry Hawkins
Sponsor:     Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central
               Atlantic States (independent of NAS)
Transcriber: Steve Cordle=20

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This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon
Naturalist Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday,
January 3 and was completed on Tuesday, January 10 at 8:00 a.m.=20

Information on noteworthy birds 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).

The top birds this week were RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD in MD, CRESTED
CARACARA* in DE, SNOWY OWL in DE, ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER* in DE,
LUCY'S WARBLER* in VA, BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER* in DC and MD and
WESTERN TANAGER* in VA.=20

Other birds of interest this week included GREATER WHITE-FRONTED,
SNOW, ROSS'S and CACKLING GEESE, TRUMPETER SWAN, EURASIAN WIGEON,
BLUE-WINGED TEAL, KING and COMMON EIDERS, HARLEQUIN DUCK, WHITE-WINGED
SCOTER, COMMON GOLDENEYE, RED-NECKED GREBE, RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD,
AMERICAN BITTERN, SANDHILL CRANE, AMERICAN AVOCET, RAZORBILL,
BLACK-HEADED, ICELAND and GLAUCOUS GULLS, GREAT CORMORANT, TRICOLORED
HERON, NORTHERN HARRIER, GOLDEN EAGLE, SHORT-EARED OWL, LOGGERHEAD and
NORTHERN SHRIKES, WHITE-EYED VIREO, BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE, BLUE-GRAY
GNATCATCHER, AMERICAN PIPIT, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, SNOW BUNTING,
BLACK-AND-WHITE, ORANGE-CROWNED, NASHVILLE and PALM WARBLERS,
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER (AUDUBON'S), AMERICAN, CLAY-COLORED, VESPER,
LARK and LINCOLN'S SPARROWS, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, DICKCISSEL and
BALTIMORE ORIOLE.

TOP BIRDS

A continuing young female RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD was seen in Wildewood,
St. Mary's Co, MD most recently on January 9.=20

A CRESTED CARACARA* continues near the intersection of Holland Glade
and Hebron Roads in West Rehoboth Beach, Sussex Co, DE, with sightings
on January 3-6.=20

On January 6 a SNOWY OWL was photographed perched on a residential
chimney in South Bowers, Kent Co, DE.=20

An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER* continues to be seen around the parking
area for Gordon's Pond and nearby at Cape Henlopen SP, Sussex Co, DE,
with the latest sighting on January 6.

A state record LUCY'S WARBLER* found at the Northampton County
Landfill in Cheriton, VA on December 31 was seen on January 3-6.=20
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On January 3-6 a BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER* found on December 30 at
a sapsucker well in the lower part of a holly tree in the front yard
of a home at 4832 Brandywine Street, NW, Washington, DC was seen again
there and in nearby evergreens within a distance of about 50-75 meters
from this location. A continuing BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER* at
Tydings Memorial Park, Harford Co, MD was most recently seen on
January 7.=20

A male WESTERN TANAGER* has been seen almost daily since it returned
to a residential feeder in Settlers' Mill, Williamsburg, VA on
November 4 for the eighth winter in a row. Another continuing WESTERN
TANAGER*, a female, was seen in a residential yard in the Alanton
neighborhood of Virginia Beach, VA on January 3, 5 and 6.=20

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were seen at many locations in the
reporting area. Sightings in Virginia included a high of 14
individuals at Sherwood Lakes in Virginia Beach on January 4-6; two
continuing individuals near the Rockingham Memorial Hospital in
Rockingham Co on January 3; three continuing individuals at Bristow
Village Lake, Prince William Co on January 4-6; and a single
individual in the Ridgecrest subdivision in Essex Co on January 8. In
Maryland two continuing individuals were seen in Deep Creek Lake,
Garrett Co on January 7, and single individuals were seen at Lake
Churchill in Montgomery Co on January 4; Turney's Pond (4531 Harford
Creamery Road), Harford Co on January 4; and Black Hill Regional Park,
Montgomery Co on January 6-8. A single GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
also was seen in Anacostia Park, Washington, DC on January 5-9.=20

Inland SNOW GEESE included a single individual along Harrison Road in
=46auquier Co, VA on January 5 and 8; Daisy Road in Howard Co, MD on
January 4; Deep Creek Lake in Garrett Co, MD on January 4 and 7; and
Kirshner's Pond in Frederick Co, MD on January 8. In Delaware a ROSS'S
GOOSE was spotted in a large flock of SNOW GEESE along 19201-19291
Holland Glade Road in Sussex Co on January 3 and 4 and along Frederica
Road in Kent Co on January 4. In Virginia, a continuing ROSS'S GOOSE
was seen at Willow Lake in Rockbridge Co on January 3 and Lake of the
Woods in Orange Co on January 8; five individuals were photographed in
a field along Seaside Drive in Northampton Co on January 6; and a
single individual was spotted along Harrison Road in Fauquier Co on
January 5 and 8. In Maryland, two ROSS'S GEESE were seen at Urbana
Lake in Frederick Co on January 4, and one individual was seen at
Melody Farm Pond in Howard Co on January 4 and at Centennial Lake in
Howard Co on January 7.=20

CACKLING GEESE were seen in all jurisdictions in the reporting area.
In Virginia two continuing individuals were seen at Sherwood Lakes in
Virginia Beach on January 4 and two individuals were found along
Harrison Road in Fauquier Co on January 5. In addition, single
individuals were found at Bristow Village Lake, Prince William Co on
January 3-6; near the intersection of Westview School and Gentry Roads
in the Fishersville area of Augusta Co on January 7; and in a pond
across from a residence in Dinwiddie Co on January 7. Elsewhere,
single CACKLING GEESE were spotted at 10012 Clearwater Lane in Sussex
Co, DE on January 3; Kenilworth Park in Washington, DC on January 5;
Anacostia Park in Washington, DC on January 7 and 8; and Deep Creek
Lake in Garrett Co, MD on January 7.

A continuing TRUMPETER SWAN was most recently seen at Lake Artemesia,
Prince George's Co, MD on January 6, Perryville Community Park, Cecil
Co, MD on January 8 and Lickinghole Creek, Albemarle Co, VA on January
8. A longstanding tagged TRUMPETER SWAN at Lake Churchill in
Montgomery Co, MD was last seen there in the morning on January 9 but
moved to nearby Black Hill Regional Park later in this day.=20

A continuing EURASIAN WIGEON was seen north of Route 164 in
Portsmouth, VA on January 3 and at the Craney Island Disposal Area in
Portsmouth, VA on January 5. A EURASIAN WIDGEON also was reported at
Hart-Miller Island, Baltimore Co, MD on January 4. Noteworthy dabbling
ducks also included an area high ten BLUE-WINGED TEAL counted along
the Wildlife Loop at Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA on January 4
and 5.=20

Rare diving ducks included a young WHITE-WINGED SCOTER in front of the
Thompson Boat Center in Washington, DC on January 7 and a KING EIDER
seen again off Island No. 1 to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge=96Tunnel,
Northampton Co, VA on January 4 and 5. A single COMMON EIDER was seen
at Island No. 1 to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge=96Tunnel, Northampton Co,
VA on January 3, the Point at Cape Henlopen SP, Sussex Co, DE on
January 4; and Point Lookout SP, St. Mary's Co, MD and the Indian
River Inlet, Sussex Co, DE on January 9. In addition, a high of three
COMMON EIDERS were reported at the Ocean City Inlet, Worcester Co, MD
on January 4 and 5. A HARLEQUIN DUCK was spotted in the marsh by the
gated entrance to Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA on January 5 and
at the Ocean City Inlet, Worcester Co, MD on January 4. Inland diving
ducks included four WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS in Lake Shenandoah,
Rockingham Co, VA on January 7; two continuing COMMON GOLDENEYES at
Rocky Gap SP, Allegany Co, MD on January 4; and a single COMMON
GOLDENEYE at Broadford Lake, Garrett Co, MD on January 6. =20

A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen north of Route 164 in Portsmouth, VA on
January 3; at the Indian River Inlet in Sussex Co, DE on January 4;
along the Severn River just off West Annapolis in Anne Arundel Co, MD
on January 4; and at Jackson Creek Landing, Queen Anne's Co, MD on
January 5. Two continuing RED-NECKED GREBES at Loch Raven Reservoir,
Baltimore Co, MD were most recently seen on January 8.=20

A RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD continues to visit a window feeder at a
residence in the Alanton neighborhood of Virginia Beach, VA, and on
January 8 two individuals were reported. A RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD
also appeared at nearby Camp Pendleton State Military Reservation
(restricted access), Virginia Beach, VA on January 4. =20

An AMERICAN BITTERN was seen at several locations in Baltimore Co, MD:
Black Marsh on January 6 and 9, Hart-Miller Island on January 4 and
North Point SP on January 6. =20

On January 4-6 and 8-9 two continuing SANDHILL CRANES were seen at
Algonkian Nature Preserve, Loudoun Co, VA, and these same birds were
observed from Violette's Lock on the C & O Canal in Montgomery Co, MD
on January 4 and 9.=20

Noteworthy shorebirds included an area high 39 AMERICAN AVOCETS
counted in impoundments north of Route 164 in Portsmouth, VA on
January 3.=20

On January 5 a single RAZORBILL was seen flying south from Little
Island Park in Virginia Beach, VA.

A continuing BLACK-HEADED GULL was seen in Swan Cove in Chincoteague
NWR, Accomack Co, VA on January 3, 4 and 5. On January 7 an ICELAND
GULL was spotted off the point at Mariner Point Park in Harford Co,
MD. On January 4 a young GLAUCOUS GULL was photographed on Island No.
1 to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, Northampton Co, VA. On January
9 first-cycle ICELAND and GLAUCOUS GULLS were found at Hardscrabble
Lake=96Jones Crossroads Landfill in Sussex Co, DE.=20

A small number of GREAT CORMORANTS were seen at expected locations,
consisting of two individuals at Cape Henlopen SP-the Point on January
4; 1-3 individuals at Indian River Inlet, Sussex Co, DE on January 4-6
and 8-9; one individual at Ocean City Inlet, Worcester Co, MD on
January 4; and 1-2 individuals at Island No. 1 to the Chesapeake Bay
Bridge-Tunnel, Northampton Co, VA on January 4 and 8.=20

On January 5 a TRICOLORED HERON was seen at Delaware Seashore
SP=96Burton's Island, Sussex Co, DE.

On January 5 a relatively rare NORTHERN HARRIER was seen at Kenilworth
Aquatic Gardens in Washington, DC. On January 4 a GOLDEN EAGLE was
observed at Pickering Creek Audubon Center, Talbot Co, MD, a regular
winter location for this species. =20

Birders continue to enjoy seeing SHORT-EARED OWLS at fields along
Konterra Drive in Prince George's Co, MD, with the latest sighting on
January 8. The owner's restrictions on access to this location may be
viewed on posts to MD Birding and the MD Birding Facebook page on
January 6.=20

On January 3 a continuing LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was seen at 7712-7898
Langhorne Road in Albemarle Co, VA. A continuing NORTHERN SHRIKE* was
seen along the Black Farm Trail at Prime Hook NWR, Sussex Co, DE on
January 4-6. On January 7-9 a NORTHERN SHRIKE found on January 1 was
relocated in a private tree farm that may be viewed from a parking lot
along Triadelphia Lake Road in Montgomery Co, MD. The continuing
NORTHERN SHRIKE along Bens Point Road in Queen Anne's Co, MD was seen
most recently on January 7. A NORTHERN SHRIKE* that has been present
at the Sully Woodlands in Fairfax Co, VA since at least early October
2016 was seen most recently on January 8.=20

An unexpected WHITE-EYED VIREO was found at the Craney Island Disposal
Area in Portsmouth, VA on January 5. =20

Confirmed sightings of irruptive BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES in Maryland
consisted of two continuing individuals at Swan Harbor Farm Park,
Harford Co on January 4; one continuing individual at Mt. Vista Park,
Baltimore Co on January 4 and 6; one individual at a feeder at
Balsomwood Court, Prince George's Co on January 7; and one individual
at a feeder in Uniontown, Carroll Co on January 7. In Virginia 1-2
BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES were seen at a feeder in Chancho Volante in
Albemarle Co on January 6, 7 and 9.=20

On January 3 a rare winter BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER was found at Eastern
Shore of Virginia NWR, Northampton Co, VA.

On January 4 approximately 80 AMERICAN PIPITS were seen with a smaller
number of HORNED LARKS at the Hughes Road Polo Fields in Montgomery
Co, MD.=20

On January 7 two LAPLAND LONGSPURS were spotted in a flock of HORNED
LARKS in a corn stubble field just west of 21502 Chewsville Road in
Washington Co, MD. On January 8 one LAPLAND LONGSPUR and one SNOW
BUNTING were observed in a flock of HORNED LARKS near the railroad
tracks crossing along Nicholson Road in Rockingham County, VA. A
continuing SNOW BUNTING was seen in a flock of HORNED LARKS along
Strickley Road in Augusta Co, VA on January 6 and 7. In Maryland, a
high of three continuing SNOW BUNTINGS were seen at Point Lookout SP,
St. Mary's Co on January 4 and 9, and a single SNOW BUNTING was
reported on Hart-Miller Island, Baltimore Co on January 4.=20

ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were found at several locations in Maryland,
including continuing individuals along the Anacostia River Trail in
Prince George's Co and at Swan Harbor Farm Park, Harford Co on January
4. Single individuals also were found at Bladensburg Waterfront Park,
Prince George's Co on January 5 and 6; Gwynns Falls Trail South,
Baltimore Co on January 6; and Joppatowne in Harford Co on January 8.
In Delaware individual ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were found along the
Pine Grove Trail in Prime Hook NWR, Sussex Co on January 4 and at Cape
Henlopen SP =96 Gordon's Pond, Sussex Co on January 6. At least one
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER also was observed on Kingman Island,
Washington, DC on January 6 and 9.

Late warblers included a BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER found along Sycamore
Landing Road in Montgomery Co, MD on January 6 and a NASHVILLE WARBLER
at the same location as the LUCY'S WARBLER in the Northampton County
Landfill in Cheriton, VA on January 3-6. PALM WARBLERS were seen at
many locations, including a high of seven individuals at the NORTHERN
SHRIKE location in Queen Anne's Co, MD on January 4 and 7 and five
individuals foraging on the ground near the corner of Cods and 13
Curves Roads in Prime Hook NWR, Sussex Co, DE on January 6. The
western form of the YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER (AUDUBON'S) was seen at
12828 Center Drive in Ocean City, MD on January 6.

Small numbers of AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS were seen in the reporting
area, primarily in Maryland, with multiple sightings at unrestricted
locations including a high of 13 individuals at the Irvine Nature
Center in Baltimore Co, MD on January 1, 4 and 7; six individuals at
Broadford Lake in Garrett Co, MD on January 6; three individuals at
the Woodlawn Wildlife Area, Cecil Co, MD on January 7; and three
individuals at Occoquan Bay NWR, Prince William Co, VA on January 6
and 9. A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen again at Big Water Farm
(private), Queen Anne's' Co, MD on January 6 and along 330 High Bridge
Road in Queen Anne's Co, MD on January 4 and 5. On January 8 a VESPER
SPARROW was observed foraging on the side of Sudlersville Cemetery
Road in Queen Anne's Co, MD. A LARK SPARROW continues in the grassy
area by the parking lot at Back Bay NWR, Virginia Beach, VA, with the
latest sighting on January 6. A continuing LINCOLN'S SPARROW at this
location was seen on January 4. A single LINCOLN'S SPARROW also was
seen along Marian Avenue in Ferndale, Anne Arundel Co, MD on January 7
and at Occoquan Bay NWR, Prince William Co, VA on January 7 and 8, and
two individuals were reported along the Sanctuary Trail at Algonkian
Nature Preserve, Loudoun Co, VA on January 9.=20

On January 3 a late ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK was photographed at York
River State Park, James City Co, VA. A continuing DICKCISSEL was most
recently reported at a residential feeder in Charlottesville, VA on
January 5. BALTIMORE ORIOLES were seen at several locations in
Virginia Beach, VA, including a high of seven individuals on January
3, 5, 6 and 8 at the same residential yard in the Alanton neighborhood
of Virginia Beach, VA that hosted two RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS and a
WESTERN TANAGER* during the week. A BALTIMORE ORIOLE also was seen at
Swan Lake/Shields Lake in Richmond, VA on January 4.=20
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This week's report was based on reports on the DE, MD, VA, and WV list
servers, eBird records and various birding pages on Facebook.

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