Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel and Eastern Shore - Saturday, November 15, 2003 I played hooky from hawk watch and headed over to Eastern Shore to scout around for upcoming field trip with Augusta and Monticello Bird Clubs next weekend. Late morning - On Isl. 3 of CBBT, male Harlequin Duck was observed in company of Surf Scoters, at least four Common Eider and a single King Eider (either adult female or juvenile). I was checking out a small group of scoters on NE corner of Isl.3 when King Eider flew in close to rocks. Went to photograph when a small boat veered toward the rocks and birds flew. The yahoos in this boat were observed several times veering toward small flocks of birds floating on the water, at times coming in very close to the rocks, so close that I wish I had had a one pound sinker on hand. A juvenile Great Black-backed Gull was in the roadway and I noted a very large 4"+ silver shiner w/steel leader hooked into right wing. Also noteworthy on Isl.3 was a single Snow Bunting. First stop at Eastern Shore NWR around 12 p.m. I came across a non-Hermit Thrush next to the visitor's center along path leading from sidewalk to back butterfly garden. Great close up and I could easily see it did not have a rust/reddish tail and it had gray cheeks. It flew up into the trees next to the right rear of the visitor's center but by time I got back with camera, I was unable to relocate. A sparrow flew up to wood rail along SW corner behind visitor's center that was a good contender for Clay-colored. I attempted to photograph and managed to get a blurred image. At 12:35 p.m. on Fitchett Road I lucked onto a Lark Sparrow that flew across the road in front of the van. This was just a short distance up from the photography blind parking area. There is a small paved pull off area on right shoulder just before road to left leading to administrative office. The sparrow landed atop scrub affording decent views. Grabbed camera that was in seat next to me but before I could focus the sparrow dropped down and I was unable to relocate. (Special note: Several hours later (around 4 p.m.) I was driving back down this road hoping to hopefully catch up with Jennifer Ottinger and Bob Anderson and the Lark Sparrow was in the road right along the same spot next to the paved pull off.) Brief visit to Kiptopeake yielded Purple Finch at feeders along with American Goldfinch. Back at Eastern Shore NWR late afternoon I ran into Mike Iwanik and friends from Richmond who had found Clay-Colored and Harris Sparrow earlier in the day along the Butterfly Trail on section closer in to the visitor's center. I headed back over and not too far down the trail I spotted three sparrows - 2 Song and a Clay-colored feeding along the edge. Further up the trail Bob Anderson was checking out the sparrows as well but had missed the Clay-colored. Short time later sparrows were moving in and out of the heavy underbrush and I saw what I felt certain was an adult Harris Sparrow. It stayed hidden. Short distance back Bob and Jennifer Ottinger, et al, had an immature Harris Sparrow in among another group of mostly Song and few White-throats. Heading back to visitor's center, at the "first spot" there were now 30+ sparrows along the edge, actively feeding, including the adult Harris Sparrow, with the prominent black extending on the face and down the neck and upper breast. In fact, I was somewhat surprised at the amount of black on this bird. But then again, this was my first adult Harris. It was nice to be able to compare this to the juvenile I had seen only a few minutes earlier. It was now well after 4 p.m., more like 4:30 and time to get back on the highway for the 2.5 hour drive back. Although I wasn't successful in getting any decent photos of the sparrows, below is link to web page with few pics of birds on Isl. 3. http://home.ntelos.net/~btkin/Birds_of_the_Commonwealth/Gallery_pages/Seabirds,%20etc.htm Brenda Tekin Charlottesville, VA Highlights: Common Eider King Eider Harlequin Duck Snow Bunting Clay-colored Sparrow Harris Sparrow (1 juvenile; 1 adult) Lark Sparrow Great Cormorant ?? Thrush - Not a Hermit or Wood Palm Warbler P.S. While out on Island #2 this morning, I observed a fellow birder who had stepped over the metal guardrail. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE adhere to the rules and regulations while out on the islands and DO NOT cross over the metal guardrail on Islands 2, 3, and 4! 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.