Date: 4/2/17 6:20 am From: Ryan Tomazin <wvwarblers...> Subject: Wash-Beaver-Allegheny Birding - Louisiana Waterthrushes, Brown Thrashers and more
Decided to stay closer to home to bird yesterday, and despite the cold damp morning, there were plenty of birds to be seen.
Bald Knob area - this area is so depressing and aggravating that I'm considering never going back. But then, where does one go...:
Eastern Meadowlark - 6 at the Truck Stop, including 4 in flight together
Field Sparrow - yes, they do exist...2 at the Truck Stop (and a total of 6 on the day)
Horned Lark - 12 at the Truck Stop, hiding until I got ready to put away the scope
Brown-headed Cowbird - Potato Garden Road
Common Raven - above Solar Drive, for a moment in the company of an immature Red-tail
The main pond held 2 Mallards and a hybrid cross. Nothing else.
Main ponds held nothing.
Ring-necked Duck - 2M and 4F in one of the new ponds behind houses in the Maronda development on the right
Raccoon Creek SP lower lake area (nearer the dam):
LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH - 2 males counter-singing, though a bit early for that. On the road that goes below the dam and around. LOWAs were heard just past the pines
Golden-crowned Kinglet - same as " "
Osprey - working the area around the dam. Only saw one
Common Merganser - 1M and 2F on the lower lake
Ring-billed Gull - one working the dam area
Pied-billed Grebe - two to the left of the beach area
Brown Creeper - singing along the road before picnic area east
Raccoon Creek SP Office Feeders (already reported)
Hillman State Park:
Red-breasted Nuthatch - 1-2 in the pines along Five Points Road
Eastern Phoebe - 2 in the pines in the same area as the RBNUs, both using their quiet chip. There is no habitat for them anywhere near there, so I don't know what they were doing there, besides eating
PINE WARBLER - 95% sure (the epic amount of noise from a group of 10+ mountain bike riders made it impossible to hear my own voice, let alone a warbler). It was in those same pines, and was singing an interesting song where the first half was a typical fast song, and the second half slowed down to a typical slower song. But the timbre was right, and definitely not a Yellow-rump.
BROWN THRASHER - 2 males counter-singing in the field on the south side of Old Steubenville Pike from Haul Road. They were right along the path, close to the parking lot.