button donate

NatureTravelLogo trim

logo hh facebook twitter

 GuideStar image

Voice of the Naturalist

Date:
Coverage:
Reports, comments,
   questions (email):  
Compiler:
Sponsor:

Transcriber:
April 18, 2017
MD/DC/VA central and southern DE/WV panhandle

voice@anshome.org
Helen Patton
Audubon Naturalist Society of the
   Central Atlantic states (independent of NAS!)
Steve Cordle
 

Reporting Guidelines  |  Archives 

Please consider joining ANS, especially if you are a regular user of the Voice (Senior $35; 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 This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon Naturalist Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday, April 11, and was completed on Tuesday, April 18 at about xxxxx 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 BIRD THIS WEEK: PRAIRIE FALCON* in VA.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST: waterfowl, NORTHERN BOBWHITE, RING-NECKED PHEASANT, goatsuckers, hummingbirds, rails, LITTLE GULL, SANDWICH TERN, ANHINGA, AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS, herons, egrets, ibis, BROAD-WINGED HAWK, RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS, NORTHERN SHRIKE, warblers, sparrows, SUMMER TANAGER, SCARLET TANAGER ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, PAINTED BUNTING.

TOP BIRD

The PRAIRIE FALCON* continued most of the week around the defunct poser plant in Alexandria, VA.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

Four SNOW GEESE were at Figgs Landing, Worcester Co., MD on April 14. A CACKLING GOOSE was at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Queen Anne's Co., MD on April 13 and 14. TRUMPTER SWANS were reported from several sites this week, all in Maryland. Sightings included: one in the ponds at the intersection of Routes 4 and 260, Calvert Co. on April 13; two at Tenthouse Ct, Anne Arundel Co., on April 12, 13 and 14; two at Back River, Diamond Point Road, Baltimore Co., on April 14; one at Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Anne Arundel Co., on April 15; one at Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, Anne Arundel Co., on April 15 and one at the Patuxent River Park, Mt. Calvert, Prince George's Co., on April 16.

A REDHEAD was at the C&O Canal, Violette's Lock, Montgomery Co., MD on April 17. A COMMON GOLDENEYE was at Big Water Farm (private) Queen Anne's Co., MD on April 12. Producing the "Ahhh" moment or the week, five COMMON MERGANSER chicks with their mother were at Riverbend Park, Fairfax Co., VA on April 16 and 17.

Two NORTHERN BOBWHITES were at the C&O Canal, Sycamore Landing, Montgomery Co., MD on April 18. A RING-NECKED PHEASANT was at Cherry Hill Park, Baltimore Co., MD on April 12.

Goatsuckers began appearing in the area including a high count of 3 CHUCK-WLL'S-WIDOWS and 28 EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILLS heard in the Shenandoah Wetlands on Lake Road and Coal Road near Stuart's Draft, Augusta Co., VA on April 16.

RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS visited feeders throughout the area this past week. The ROUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD that was reported from Saint Mary's Co., MD, for months was last seen on Thursday, April 13.

A VIRGINIA RAIL and a SORA were at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax Co., VA on April 15.

A SANDHILL CRANE was in Accident, Garrett Co., MD on April 14 and 15. A SANDHILL CFANE was at Grier's Pond, New Castle Co., DE on April 15

A LITTLE GULL was at the MDE Reclamation Site on the Back River, Baltimore Co., MD on April 16. Another LITTLE GULL was at Back River, Diamond Point Road, Baltimore Co., MD on April 18. One to two SANDWICH TERNS were at the Messick Point, Poquoson Co., VA on April 12. More SANDWICH TERNS crowded Virginia Beach, VA with sightings at the 85th Street Beach, Back Bay NWR, Pleasure House Point NA and Rudee Inlet during the week.

An ANHINGA was at the Carson Wetland, Prince George's Co., VA on April 13. Six ANHINGAS were at Stumpy Lake NA, Virginia Beach, VA on April 13

An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was at Lake Frederick, Frederick Co., VA on April 11. Ten AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS were at Currioman Bay, Westmoreland Co., VA on April 14. Twenty six AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS were at Hog Island WMA, Surry Co., VA also on April 14. Twenty AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS were at the York River SP, James City Co., VA on April 16.

A GREAT BLUE HERON Rookery with 27 nests is behind the G&M Restaurant in Linthicum, Baltimore Co., MD, observed on April 14. Eighteen GREAT EGRETS were on an island downstream from White's Ferry, Montgomery Co., MD on April 15. A CATTLE EGRET was at Fulton Pond, Howard Co., MD on April 17. Fourteen to fifteen CATTLE EGRETS were at Waredace Farms, Laytonsville, Montgomery Co., MD also on April 17.

A WHITE IBIS was at Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co., VA on April 11. A WHITE-FACED IBIS was at Chincoteague NWR on April 12.

Migration of BROAD-WINGED HAWKs seems to be barely starting, with a small number seen scattered widely over the reporting area.

RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS popped up in many venues last week.

The continuing NORTHERN SHRIKE in the Sully Woodlands, Fairfax Co., VA was seen again on April 14 and 16.

The expected migrants are showing up on schedule, but a few are arriving a little early. Warbler sightings were scattered throughout the area with a high count of 11 species seen on the Blue Ridge Parkway in VA on April 14.

VESPER SPARROWS were located in their "traditional spots" on Budd and Offutt Roads, Poolesville, Montgomery Co., MD on April 15. A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was at the Chester River Field Research Center (Chino Farms), Queen Anne's Co., MD on April 15 and 16. Another GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was at the Hughes Road Polo Grounds, Montgomery Co., MD on April 15. Four HENSLOW'S SPARROWS were at Old Legislative Road, Allegany Co., MD on April 16. A LINCOLN'S SPARROW was on White Mill Trail, Fauquier Co., VA on April 11.

A SUMMER TANAGER was at the Great Dismal Swamp NWR, Chesapeake Co., VA on April 18. A SCARLET TANAGER was at Fifteen Mile Creek, Allegany Co., MD on April 16. A ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK was at Dikon Ravenwood, Washington Co., MD on April 18. Another ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK was at the Gunston Manor property, Fairfax Co., VA on April 16.

A PAINTED BUNTING was at Parksley, Accomack Co., VA on April 12. A PAINTED BUNTING was at Cypress Point, Virginia Beach, VA on April 13 and 16.

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

***

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@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.

Reporting Guidelines

The Voice of the Naturalist is written and recorded on Tuesday mornings. If you email your reports, please email voice@anshome.org, by Monday midnight to make sure they are received in time.

Reports prior to the preceding Tuesday will not be considered.

The area covered is (with rare exceptions) DC, MD, VA, and southern DE; all other reports should be sent to the appropriate rare-bird alert for the area in which the birds were observed.

Be sure to report only those birds that you actually saw, not ones that someone else told you about.

And please remember to include a phone number where you can be reached on Tuesday morning; if you can't be reached to verify a rare bird, your report will almost certainly not be used.

There are two main circumstances in which a bird sighting will not be reported on the Voice as a matter of policy. The first is if the report would jeopardize the bird's welfare:

Reports of species that are threatened or endangered at the state or federal level are generally not used, especially during nesting season--local Loggerhead Shrikes are an example; similarly, owls are not listed, with two exceptions--Snowy Owl and Short-eared Owl; and rails are also generally not mentioned; the rails at Huntley Meadows Park, VA, are an exception because birders stay on the boardwalk.

The second circumstance concerns private property: If the property owner does not want birders, the sighting will not be reported--at least in a way that identifies the location.

Please keep your reports concise (no lengthy trip reports, please), and provide the following information:

Full SPECIES NAME.

NUMBER of individuals of each species (estimates for big flocks are fine).

Age and sex, if relevant (important for gull observations, for example).

Location, including COUNTY and STATE (there are four Middletowns in MD).

DATE of observation ("today", "yesterday", "Saturday", etc., are not as helpful).

TELEPHONE NUMBER where you can be reached on Tuesday between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

DIRECTIONS to little known places (your favorite local hot spot may not be familiar to the Voice compiler or to other nonlocal people); page numbers and map coordinates from the DeLorme atlas/gazetteer are extremely helpful.

Access limitations, if any; and, for birds that are on private property, whether the owner does not want birders, if you know.

Unusual behavior seen.

For RARITIES, a description of features YOU ACTUALLY SAW (not what is in the field guides).

Thanks in advance for your reports. You can be sure that they will be read. Don't be disappointed if your sighting isn't mentioned; when there are a lot of reports, summary comments sometimes have to be made. There are times, however, when every report is used in writing the Voice, for example, during the hot days of summer. -- Voice of the Naturalist

 

return to top of page