Date: 4/23/18 3:58 am From: Fred Atwood <fatwood...> Subject: Grant and Hardy counties Apr 22
Dear WV Birders Finally, after two months absence, I was able to return for the day to beautiful WV. I birded Wardensville Wastewater ponds, Kimsey Run dam lake, and Parker's Hollow Lake in Hardy, and Thorn Run Rd, Belle Babb Lane, Stony River Dam Rd Lake, Hogueland Rd (very briefly), my cabin (Cabins), and South Mill Creek Lake in Grant I found 84 species (4 more species than my WV year list at the start of the day), and added 29 FOY species to my year list. I didn't find anything particularly unusual, but there was good variety. It was a lot of fun, and the day was spectacular.
Each location has a separate list in eBird (Explore Data) but here are the highlights in taxonomic order: 88 Canada Geese: including three families of flufflings at Wardensville Wastewater 27 Wood Ducks 19 Blue-winged Teal: 9 pairs at Belle Babb, 1 male at South Mill Creek 2 Green-winged Teal: a pair at Belle Babb 1 Lesser Scaup: male at Belle Babb 1 Bufflehead: male at Stony River Dam Rd lake 3 Hooded Merganser: 1m and 2 f in a farm pond along Knobley Rd between Rtes 48 and 42 1 Common Merganser: f at Belle Babb 3 Ruddy Duck: Belle Babb 12 Pied-billed grebe, both counties, 5 locations 6 Horned Grebe, both counties, 4 at Kimsey Run; one in fabulous breeding plumage at Stony R Dam Rd lake 4 Double -crested Cormorant, both counties, 3 locations 1 Green Heron, Parker's Hollow 3 Osprey: Kimsey, flying over Cabin, S Mill Creek 3 Bald Eagle: Kimsey 1 Broad-winged Hawk: Kimsey 14 Spotted Sandpiper at 5 locations, both counties, 8 at S Mill Crk 5 Solitary Sandpiper, 4 at S Mill Crk, 1 at Stony R Dam Rd 1 Greater Yellowlegs, Stony R Dam Rd Lake 1 Lesser Yellowlegs, S Mill Creek 1 Barred Owl calling in midafternoon near the Cabin Belted Kingfisher cool behavipr: Male and female were near each other at small pond at South Mill Creek Lake park. Male dove in to catch fish below female's perch from 20 feet away and then flew up to her perch as she flew 20 feet to the perch he had flown from. Then after a couple minutes with them rattling back and forth to each other, he flew to the big oak where he whacked the sunfish-like fish against the branch repeatedly for a few minutes until it was bloody and unmoving. Then within a minute of that, the female flew to his perch in oak, and with both birds rattling, they leaned towards each other and she pulled the fish from his tight grasp. He flew off to his earlier pond perch. She stayed in oak holding fish for 10-11 minutes looking quite full from other meals. Crop and neck/throat looked full/bulgy to me. Then she whacked the dead fish repeatedly for four minutes on the branch, probably to soften it and break its bones for easier swallowing. Then she swallowed it with difficulty. Three minutes later male flew up to her to at the oak branch and they copulated after a bit of rattling. 2 Chimney Swift: single birds seen in Moorefield and Thorn Run Rd 3 Red-headed Woodpecker: Big Ridge Rd (Hardy), Knobley Rd (Grant) 3 Kestrel, 3 locations, both counties 4 Phoebes, 4 locations, both counties 2 Eastern Kingbird, Thorn Run Rd and Parker Hollow Lake 4 House Wrens: Thorn Run Rd all singing 5 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers in 3 locations, both counties 9 Ruby-crowned Kinglets in 3 locations, both counties 1 Gray Catbird Belle Babb 10 Brown Thrashers singing all over the place, 7 locations 10 Cedar Waxwing one floc kalong road between Baker and Kimsey Run 1 Ovenbird the Cabin 1 Louisiana Waterthrush road to Parker Hollow Lake 1 Black-and-white Warbler The Cabin 2 Pine Warbler in Grant: Cabin, S Mill Crk 1 Grasshopper Sparrow singing at Thorn Run Rd (clay-colored sparrow spot) 1 Savannah Sparrow Stony River Dam Rd
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