Date: 2/19/18 4:13 am From: Fred Atwood <fatwood...> Subject: Grant Co Sunday Feb 18, Pendleton Co Feb 17
Hello WV Birders I birded several locations in the Petersburg, Maysville, Cabins, Patterson Creek Rd area of Grant Co yesterday. It was a beautiful day after the previous afternoon's wintry mix and treacherous driving in Pendleton Co (where I saw one car that had collided with a tree on 220 outside Franklin and where my Subaru almost lost traction going up the mountain on route 33). In Pendleton the snow was absolutely beautiful but I cut my trip short because of these conditions and only stopped at 4 lakes in the Brandywine area.
I found 65 species, including 20 which were state year-birds for me (FOY). This was my second visit to WV this year. Here are the highlights at each of the stops in sequential order.
Pendleton Co Brandywine Lake, Miller Run Lake, Little Fork Lake Feb 17 No waterfowl at all Winter Wren and 3 GC Kinglet at Little Fork
Pendleton Co, Broad Run Lake Feb 17 4 Canada Goose 4 Black Duck 4 Hooded Merganser (FOY) 4 Common Merganser 1 Pied-billed Grebe (FOY)
Grant Co S Mill Creek Lake Feb 17 The only waterfowl were two Canada Geese! 2 Belted Kingfisher (FOY)
Grant Co Durgon Rd Feb 17 Dusk: hoping for short-eared owl but no luck
Grant Co Petersburg 220 bridge Feb 18 12 Canada Geese 2 Common Merganser 2 Bald Eagle (adult and immature)
Grant Co Airport and Fish Hatchery Rd area and river across from Royal Glen Rd 33 spp Feb 18 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk (FOY) 2 Ring-billed Gulls (airport) (FOY) 75 Mourning Dove 1 Phoebe 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet (FOY) in small cedar patch on airport rd 415 Robins all over the place! 22 White-crowned sparrows (including 15 in small cedar patch on airport rd) 30 white-throats (mostly in one flock at bend in road by river) 38 Song sparrows (singing everywhere) 6 Meadowlarks (airport) 65 Redwings (looked closely for other species) 1 Purple Finch (FOY)
Grant Co Welton Park Feb 18 4 Bald Eagles (1 adult 3 immature) 8 Common Merganser
Hardy Co River at Rig Rd at Rte 28 bridge Feb 18 1 male Wood Duck (FOY)
Grant Co Stony River Dam Rd/Germany Hollow Rd Lake Feb 18 Looked carefully for shrike with no success No Bald Eagle or kestrel Nice flock of 19 Common Mergansers 2 Lesser Scaup 1 Killdeer (my only one of the day, and FOY)
Grant Co Oakdale Rd Lake Feb 18 No waterfowl a nearby adult Bald Eagle en route
Grant Co Belle Babb Rd and Lake Feb 18, 37 spp The lake was the fullest I have ever seen it: backed way up into the woods and meadow. No waterfowl were in the main body of the lake but there was a good variety in this flooded area. Because of the difficulty scoping through the vegetation there may have been additional birds. 70 Canada Geese (my largest flock of the trip) 14 Wood Duck 8 Gadwall (FOY) 30 Mallard 36 Black Duck 3 Pintail drakes (FOY) 2 Green-winged Teal, a pair (FOY) 1 Redhead drake (FOY) 1 Common Goldeneye female 6 Hooded Merganser (in farm pond, not main lake) 4 Common Merganser 110 Robins 40 Cedar waxwings 2 American Tree Sparrow (in flooded thicket of lake) (FOY) singing Field Sparrow and Meadowlark
Grant Co Martin Rd and lake Feb 18 1 Black Duck 9 Ring-necked Duck (7 male 2 female) FOY 2 Bald Eagle (immatures) 150 Robins 50 Cedar Waxwings eating cedar berries and the snow in the roadside ditch
Grant Co Thorn Run Rd and lake Feb 18 4 Lesser Scaup drakes (FOY) 1 Bufflehead female (FOY) 2 Common Goldeneye female and male coming into adult plumage
Grant Co Hogueland Rd 25 Horned Larks scoped carefully for Longspur but heat shimmer, furrows, and new crop growth may have obscured it if it was still around. 1 Kestrel (male) 2 Red-tails (adult) Scoped carefully for Peregrine, L Shrike, and Rough-legged Hawk, but found none. 1 Savannah Sparrow 1800 Starlings, scoped birds that were close enough, looking for blackbirds 3 Meadowlarks (2 were singing) 1 Common Grackle (FOY) For those of you familiar with this area, it looks like either a house or a housing development will soon be in the area where the Prairie Warblers have bred every year since I have been birding in WV. I hope this did not destroy their habitat.The thickets in this area have always been very productive for passerines in all seasons. At this point, there are still some thickets.
I was hoping to find a red-necked grebe in one of the lakes the last couple of days. Not finding one here, I will look for the one in Hardy on my way home to VA today. If anyone sees the Snowy Owl in Jefferson Co this AM I would appreciate receiving a text 703 242 1675 or email so I can adjust my route home to look for it.