Decided to check on my neighbor's eagle nest yesterday afternoon. One
Eagle was in the nest tree and its mate on a sycamore along the shore.
A little later they both took off and landed in two different trees on
the far shore of the Shenandoah. They seem to stay within sight of one
another. I couldn't tell if there had been any sticks added to the nest.
It was great to see a raft of Common Mergansers on the water, thirteen
females and three males. Also spotted some Turkeys disappearing into
the brush. On the way back there was a lot of activity in a tangle of
honeysuckle vine, mostly White-throats, Song Sparrows, Chickadees,
Carolina Wrens and one sweet little Field Sparrow.
On the Christmas Bird count we were unable to find an American
Kestrel. Since then I have seen over six of them in different places.
On my way home from Winchester one was on the wire over the median
strip. Sine I had my binoculars I circled back so as to pull off the
road to get a good look at it. He had his back to me with the sun on
him. That rufous back and slate blue wings were stunning in the
afternoon light. Later on I saw the resident Kestrel on Kabletown Rd.
hunting. So cool to see him hover and then freeze for a minute before
moving his wings again.
Unusual bird not in WV but nearby Bluemont, VA is a gorgeous male
Baltimore Oriole. Showed up in a perfect place because the property
owner is a bird watcher and good photographer.