Ray Smith and I traveled from Reston to the Thurmont area of Maryland yesterday, February 20, in an effort to see the Northern Lapwing. We were unsuccessful. We did, however, see a Eurasian Collared-Dove at 14608 Roddy Road at about 1100. We did not realize the significance of the bird as we had just returned from Florida where the bird is common. Local birders informed us that the bird is quite rare, if not unique. The bird was sitting on a telephone wire above the mailbox at that location. What distinguished the bird was the square tail, a splash of white, a pinkish back, and the diagnostic black slash on the back of the neck. We are quite certain of our observation. Neither Ray nor I have access to MDOSPREY. Would someone please forward this information to them? Thanks. Number Common Name Location 1 Heron, Great Blue VA 2 Vulture, Black MD 100 Vulture, Turkey MD 3000 Goose, Canada MD 2 Mallard MD 2 Harrier, Northern VA/MD 1 Hawk, Cooper's VA 1 Hawk, Red-shouldered MD 32 Hawk, Red-tailed VA/MD 3 Kestrel, American MD 24 Killdeer MD 300 Gull, Ring-billed MD 200 Dove, Rock MD 150 Dove, Mourning MD 1 Collared-Dove, Eurasian MD 3 Flicker, Northern VA 1 Lark, Horned MD 2 Jay, Blue VA/MD 120 Crow, American MD 1 Raven, Common MD 4 Mockingbird, Northern MD 200 Starling, European MD 4 Sparrow, Savannah MD 2 Cardinal, Northern VA 30 Blackbird, Red-winged MD Frederic D. Bogar Alexandria, VA 703-768-3793 You are subscribed to VA-BIRD. To post to this mailing list, simply send email to va-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx To unsubscribe, send email to va-bird-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field.