Date: 1/2/18 11:13 am From: Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...> Subject: Raptors
I drove to Petersburg, WV today in hopes of seeing some Horned Larks and companion birds along Hogueland Lane. I was not successful - but yet I was.
On the way over, there was a raptor sitting very high in a tree above Route 55/28 near Cabins. I turned around and went back to study it. It was an adult Cooper's Hawk.
As I drove down Hogueland Lane fretting that there were no larks in the snowy fields, I saw a large raptor sitting in a tree over the road near the sharp bend to the right. I stopped and watched. It flew. It was a beautiful light-morph Rough-legged Hawk. It soared over me for awhile, so I had great views of its dark wrist patches and white under-tail with a black band on the tip. I forgot about the larks.
At the same corner there were 3 - 4 brown-crowned White-crowned Sparrows. I saw a white-crowned one later at some feeders along Ridge Road.
On the way home I turned around to study a cattle feed lot for birds that might like to feed there on the bare ground. I had seen Rock Pigeons there earlier when I passed. As I parked, an American Kestrel flew over the car and landed on a nearby telephone pole. Its rufous tail was beautiful when it spread it to land. I saw a second one near Seneca Rocks.
So, was the trip a failure, since I didn't meet my goal? I'd say not! Herb Myers, Harman, Randolph County