Date: 10/18/19 11:09 am From: Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...> Subject: Autumn Birds
I've been procrastinating on reporting on some fun birds that we saw this week. I was reminded again at lunch when a Ruby-crowned Kinglet was flitting around in a shrub just off of our back deck. Also, this morning as the sun was beginning to peek through the clouds, a beautifully marked Red-tailed Hawk was soaring through the sunbeams over Harman going higher and higher as the strong breezes lifted it.
On Monday, we did counts in both of our local state parks. In Blackwater Falls State Park, there was a Pied-billed Grebe swimming and diving on Pendleton Lake. On the Blackwater River Trail and along the river just north of the golf course in Canaan Valley State Park, we encountered some late flocks that included some warblers. There were Yellow-rumped Warblers and my first of the autumn Tennessee Warbler. There was a Ruby-crowned Kinglet there as well along with both White and Red-breasted Nuthatches. On the river, we had Canada Geese, a Mallard and a male Wood Duck.
Yes, birds are leaving but others are arriving and birding is still fun amidst the beauty of the autumn colors. Snowflakes flew in Canaan Valley yesterday and Spruce Knob had about an inch so beware. Herb Myers, Harman from Randolph and Tucker Counties.