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  1. This didn't work for me last night but it does now. No comment on the identity at this time though.
  2. Also neilpa, feel free to follow me if you want more information or want to meet up for birding.
  3. Eclipse plumage is what male ducks enter into after mating. https://scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/2016/12/everything-you-needed-to-know-about-eclipse-plumage/
  4. Neilpa, there are some other spots in Alexandria. Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve and other, nearby eBird hotspots with Belle Haven in the name should have migrant landbirds in the mornings, and they aren't terribly far from Huntley Meadows. In the City of Alexandria itself is Monticello Park, which can be awesome in spring, though I don't know how it is in September. Parking on weekends can be really problematical. And, trying to get from Alexandria to Rock Creek Park (eta: that I mentioned earlier) is not something I would suggest for a weekday especially for an out-of-towner because of rush hour and some roads becoming one-way (and there's a months-long road closure too).
  5. My first outdoor date with my now wife was to Huntley Meadows (in June or July). It went well. eta: that date was 26 years ago, and she has become a birder and quite interested in dragonflies. I'm glad you saw a spoonbill! Hopefully you will see some warblers while you are here. (Do you listen to KEXP in Seattle?)
  6. If you have time, check out this place https://www.cityofhenderson.com/government/departments/parks-and-recreation/facilities/other-venues/bird-preserve I was there in late September 2007 with a Western Field Ornithologists group and there were some shorebirds, Virginia Rail iirc, and normal western marsh/land birds.
  7. @neilpa Where in the DC area are you staying? There are a couple of places that can host migrating warblers etc. near me that I visit. Rock Creek Park (near the nature center) in northwest DC is one of them, and it can be crowded on weekends. Parking can be tough then but weekdays it should be better. Wheaton Regional Park in Wheaton/Silver Spring in Maryland can be a great place too, from the Shorefield Avenue parking area over to Pine Lake. Huntley Meadows Park in the Fairfax County part of Alexandria is a good place for non-birders and birders. There is a boardwalk that goes through a marsh and one can see many herons, ducks, sandpipers if the water level is low, Osprey, Bald Eagle, and last month up to three Roseate Spoonbills. I wouldn't say that the waterbird selection is particularly eastern (unless you are from Seattle). Green Herons should still be present in mid September.
  8. There are too many tail bands for it to be an Accipiter. Also, the primary projection is too long for either Sharp-shinned or Cooper's.
  9. Why not? More seriously, that was my nym on another forum that I left roughly a decade ago.
  10. I think so. But from the way it looks at the camera in the third photo, it is clearly a great and wonderful goldfinch.
  11. Peromyscus possibly prevented three thwarted ticked-off Sanderlings saying "stop!"
  12. I agree. It's in an odd pose but I have seen herons stand that way.
  13. The bill shape and wing pattern rule out storm-petrels. I agree that they are some sort of sandpiper.
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