This afternoon I encountered a very confiding singing male on a power line in excellent habitat near Organ Cave in southern Greenbrier County. Shrike surveys last year yielded several dickcissel records in Greenbrier and Monroe counties. It appears the species does currently breed in the Greenbrier Valley in very low densities.
Additionally, my BBS route in southern Pocahontas County in the Hillsboro area have revealed ever greater numbers of bobolinks over the last several years. Shrike surveys this year have found bobolinks on territory as far south as the Alderson area of Greenbrier County.