FYI Joe Coleman Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist Date: 6/6/06 Coverage: MD/DC/VA/DE Telephone: 301-652-1088 option 1 Reports (voice): 301-652-1088 option 2 (email): voice@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (deadline): midnight Mondays Compiler: Lydia Schindler Sponsor: Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central Atlantic States (independent of NAS!) Transcriber: Steve Cordle (scordle@xxxxxxxxxxxxx) Please consider joining ANS, especially if you are a regular user of the Voice (Individual $40; Family $50; Nature Steward $75; Audubon Advocate $150). 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 http://www.AudubonNaturalist.org. This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon Naturalist Society. This report was prepared Tuesday, June 6, at 1 pm. Top birds this week are BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCK in MD, WESTERN GREBE in Delaware, WILSON'S PHALAROPE in VA, and WESTERN KINGBIRD in MD. Other birds of interest include NORTHERN BOBWHITE, SNOWY EGRET, YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, WHIMBREL and other shorebirds, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, CHUCK-WILL'S-WIDOW, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, warblers, HENSLOW'S and other SPARROWS, EASTERN MEADOWLARK, and RED CROSSBILL. On June 4 a BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCK--origin unknown--showed up among the resident ducks and geese on the pond at the Washingtonian Center, Gaithersburg, Montgomery Co, MD. It was still there the morning of June 6. The WESTERN GREBE continued in New Castle, DE, through June 2--though each day it was further south and further out in the Delaware River; by June 3 it was no longer being seen. A WILSON'S PHALAROPE made a one-day stop at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax Co, VA, on June 3. The WESTERN KINGBIRD at Ft McHenry National Monument, Baltimore, MD, is being seen only intermittently. A NORTHERN BOBWHITE was calling at Occoquan Bay NWR, Prince William Co, VA, on June 3. On June 3, 2 adult SNOWY EGRETS landed in the rapids at Violette's Lock, Montgomery Co, and loitered for 10 minutes before turning back downriver. Five young YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON were seen at nest inside the Beltway, off Cedar Lane in Montgomery Co, on June 4. (From the confluence of Elmhirst Parkway and Broad Brook Dr, a trail leads toward the Beltway, Rock Creek, and the nest.) On June 3 an adult NORTHERN GOSHAWK circled a few times over Paddy's Knob, Bath Co, VA. On May 31, Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA, hosted a PIPING PLOVER inside the fenced-off area, 10 RED KNOTS on the beach a little south of the ORV section, and 20 or so BLACK SKIMMERS. On June 1, Chincoteague's Snow Goose pool held a female WILSON'S PHALAROPE. A WHIMBREL was spotted as it flew in from Mispillion Harbor, DE, on June 1. On June 3, a WHIMBREL was found at the end of Oyster Rocks Rd, DE, across the Broadkill River. A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was located at the aromatic PPG ponds in Cumberland, Allegany Co, MD, on May 31. Two RED-NECKED PHALAROPES were seen May 31 at the far end of Shearness Pond, Bombay Hook NWR, DE. A BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO was calling at Veterans Park, Prince William Co, on June 1. A BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO was found at Huntley Meadows June 3. On June 1 a CHUCK-WILL'S-WIDOW visited a yard in Fauquier Co, VA, about 5 miles west of Warrenton. A LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was seen June 4 at Sky Meadows SP, Fauquier Co, along the Meadow Trail. In Augusta Co, VA, an adult LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was feeding 4 fledglings on June 4. Sightings of GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLERS were relegated to the mountains to our west. Over the weekend, GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLERS were present at several locations in VA, including Bear Mountain Farm in Highland Co, and MOURNING WARBLERS were chasing at Paddy's Knob. On June 1, a GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER was on territory along Old Legislative Rd, about 5 miles south of I-68 in western Allegany Co, MD. These fields also hosted HENSLOW'S and GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS. Kenilworth Park, NE DC, held SAVANNAH SPARROW and EASTERN MEADOWLARK on June 3. A NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROW was reported from the old landfill in Oxon Hill Park, Prince George's Co, MD on June 3; it was in tall dense grass upslope from a bike trail just north of the phragmites pool that borders the fenced horse pasture. RED CROSSBILLS, male and female, were enjoying feeders at Bear Mountain Farm on June 3 and 4. Some of this week's reports have been gleaned from the MDOSPREY, VA-Bird, and DE Birds list servers. Finding Birds in the National Capital Area by Claudia Wilds is an excellent source of directions to many birding sites. The ANS Bookstore (301-652-3606 or www.audubonnaturalist.org/cgi-bin/mesh/store) is an excellent source for this and many other nature-related titles. 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