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Atlantic States (independent of NAS)
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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, Dec
20 and was completed on Monday, December 26 at 4:00 p.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
Every year several rare and unusual birds are found as a result of the
massive effort and the access to locations that are usually not open
to the public occur during the many Christmas Bird Counts that take
place in our area from Dec 14 through Jan 4.
Top birds this week include BARROW'S GOLDENEYE* in MD, SNOWY OWL* in
VA and BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER* and BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK* in MD.
Birds of interest this week included waterfowl, grebes, RUFOUS
HUMMINGBIRD, SANDHILL CRANE, shorebirds, NORTHERN GANNET, pelicans,
AMERICAN BITTERN, hawks, NORTHERN SHRIKE, SEDGE WREN, LAPLAND
LONGSPUR, HORNED LARK, SNOW BUNTING, sparrows and PAINTED BUNTING.
The BARROW'S GOLDENEYE* reported last week, continues at the Elms
Environmental Education Center, St. Mary's Co, MD with the most recent
sighting on December 22.
A SNOWY OWL* was at Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA seen on December
24 and 25.
The continuing BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER* was seen again at Tydings
Memorial Park, Harford Co, MD with reports as recent as December 26.
The BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK* first seen visiting a feeder at a private
residence in St. Mary's Co, MD on December 13 was seen as recently as
December 20. The resident has put a temporary halt on visitations over
OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST
Geese were reported over a widespread area. A high count for GREATER
WHITE-FRONTED GEESE in Virginia was from Sherwood Lakes, Virginia
Beach where four to fifteen were reported during the week. The high
count for Maryland was from a pond on the Fairlee-Rock Hall Road, Kent
Co, MD, reported on December 21 and 23. Another report of GREATER
WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was from the Indian River Inlet, Sussex Co, DE on
A high count for SNOW GEESE in Virginia was from the Rubbermaid
=46actory pond (private, view from road), Frederick Co, where 3-4 were
reported during the week. Maryland reports included: one at Deep Creek
Lake, Garrett Co, on December 23 and 26; one at Shady Oaks Turf Farm,
Anne Arundel Co, on December 23 and two at Oregon Ridge Park,
Baltimore Co, on December 24.
ROSS'S GEESE were reported in Virginia and Maryland from a wide
variety of venues but usually in low numbers.
CACKLING GOOSE reports included: one, with light plumage, at the King
=46amily Vineyards, Albemarle Co, VA on December 22; one at the
Rubbermaid Factory pond also on December 22; one to two at Sherwood
Lakes on December 23; two at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE on December
23; four at the intersection of Fox Hill Road and Coffee Road near
the Bedford County/Lynchburg line, VA on December 23 and 24 and two
at Princess Anne & Fishers Arch, Virginia Beach, VA on December 25.
The December 22 Shorebird Survey at Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA
reported sighting s of SNOW GOOSE, BRANT, six RED-THROATED LOONS and
thirteen duck species including SURF and BLACK SCOTERS. Three more
BRANT were at the Perryville Community Park, Cecil Co, MD on December
The longstanding tagged TRUMPETER SWAN that frequents Lake Churchill
and nearby Gunner's Lake in Montgomery Co, MD was reported as recently
as December 25. A TRUMPETER SWAN was at Hawkwood Lake, viewable from
West Jack Jouett Road. Louisa Co, VA, seen on December 21. A
TRUMPETER SWAN was seen at Lake Artemisia, Prince George's Co, MD on
December 20, 23 and 25. A TRUMPETER SWAN was at Licking Hole Creek,
Albemarle Co, VA seen during the week.
A trip to Poplar Island, Talbot Co, MD on December 21, viewed
thousands of ducks scattered throughout the island. A EURASIAN WIGEON
was at Loch Raven Point, Baltimore Co, MD on December 22. A drake
EURASIAN WIGEON continues at the private (restricted access) Poplar
Spring Animal Sanctuary, Montgomery Co, MD with the most recent
sighting on December 23. Special arrangements have been made for those
wishing to see this bird. Contact Terry Cummings in advance by
telephone 301.428.8128 or email email@example.com. A female
COMMON EIDER was at Thomas Point Park, Anne Arundel Co, MD on December
23. Another COMMON EIDER was at the Indian River Inlet, Sussex Co, DE
on December 22 and 24. LONG -TAILED DUCKS were reported from: Port
Deposit, Cecil Co, MD on December 20; Lapidum, Harford Co, MD on
December 20, 21 and 2 and the C&O Canal at Lander, Frederick Co, MD on
Two RED-NECKED GREBES, sometimes accompanied by a EURASIAN WIGEON,
were seen during the week in Loch Raven Reservoir, Baltimore Co, MD
from Loch Raven Pt. EARED GREBES were seen on the C&O Canal at Riley's
and Violette's Locks, Montgomery Co, MD during the week.
The continuing young female RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD was seen in Wildewood,
St. Mary's Co, MD on December 22. Another RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD visited a
yard in Virginia Beach, VA on December 21.
Two SANDHILL CRANES were at the Old Raptor Farm (private) Louisa Co,
VA on December 21. Thirteen to twenty-three SANDHILL CRANES were at
Kingsville Park, Baltimore Co, MD on December 21. Another SANDHILL
CRANE was on Courtland Road, Southampton Co, VA also on December 21.
Two SANDHILL CRANES were at White's Ford Regional Park, Loudoun Co, VA
on December 24. Another SANDHILL CRANE was at the Manassas Mitigation
Site, Fairfax Co, VA on December 26.
Ten shorebird species were located at Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co,
VA on December 22 including 526 Dunlin and 310 Willet. Two to six
PURPLE SANDPIPERS were at Herrington Harbor, Anne Arundel Co, MD on
December 20, 23 and 25. Sixteen WILLETS (Western) were at Snug Harbor,
Worcester Co, MD on December 22.
A BLACK-HEADED GULL was at Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA on
December 22. An ICELAND GULL was at the Eastern Sanitary Landfill
(restricted access), Baltimore Co, MD on December 21. An ICELAND GULL
was at Fort Story =96 the Cape Henry Memorial Lighthouse, Virginia
Beach, VA on December 22.
A NORTHERN GANNET was at Poplar Island, Talbot Co, MD on December 21.
An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was at the Perryville Community Park, Cecil
Co, MD on December 20, 21 and 22. Twenty-seven AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS
were at Blackwater NWR, Dorchester Co, MD on December 25. A BROWN
PELICAN was on Poplar Island, Talbot Co, MD on December 21. Another
BROWN PELICAN was at Thomas Point Park, Anne Arundel Co, MD on
December 21 and 24. Four BROWN PELICANS were at the east end of the
Chesapeake Bay Bridge, Queen Anne's Co, MD on December 23.
An AMERICAN BITTERN was at Black Marsh, Baltimore Co, MD on December
A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was at Frying Pan Farm Park, Fairfax Co, VA on
December 22. A GOLDEN EAGLE was at Pleasant Valley, Garrett Co, MD on
December 21. Another GOLDEN EAGLE was at North Point SP, Baltimore Co,
MD on December 23. And still another GOLDEN EAGLE was at Lynchburg =96
Alydar Pl, Lynchburg, VA also on December 23.
SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen throughout the week at the Konterra Dr
fields and ponds, Prince George's Co, MD. Five SHORT-EARED OWLS were
on Stonebridge Road, Warren Co, VA on December 23.
Both continuing NORTHERN SHRIKES, the one at the Sully Woodlands in
=46airfax Co, VA, and the one along 123-132 Bens Point Road in Queen
Anne's Co, MD, were seen again this past week, the former as recently
as the 25th and the latter through the 24th.
A SEDGE WREN was at Milford Neck WA, Kent Co, DE on December 21.
A LAPLAND LONGSPUR, accompanied by 125 HORNED LARKS and a SNOW
BUNTING, was located on the south side of Strickley Road at Custard
Lane, Augusta Co, VA on December 25.
The SNOW BUNTINGS at Point Lookout SP, St. Mary's Co, MD, were seen as
recently as December 25.
The continuing LE CONTE'S SPARROW at the Princess Anne WMA, Beasley
Tract, Virginia Beach, VA was seen again on December 20, 25 and 26. A
LARK SPARROW was at Back Bay NWR, Virginia Beach, VA on December 21,
24 and 25.
A PAINTED BUNTING was in a yard in Virginia Beach, VA on December 20.
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.
The Audubon Sanctuary Shop (301-652-3606, http://anshome.org/shop)is
an excellent source for guidebooks and many other nature-related
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Please post reports before midnight Monday, identify the county as
well as the state, and include your name and a Tuesday morning
contact, e-mail or phone.
Thank you for your interest, and enjoy the birds.
*Of interest to the applicable state records committee
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