Date: 3/2/23 5:49 pm
From: Terry Bronson <birdsbybronson...>
Subject: Record early WV Bank Swallow in Wood County
Today, March 2, 8 members of the Mountwood Bird Club on their regular
Thursday birding outing were amazed to see a Bank Swallow perched on a
utility wire with several Tree Swallows at the Belleville wetlands along
River Lane in southern Wood County. This is a full month earlier than the
prior eBird early date for WV, which was April 1, 2020 at Greenbottom WMA.
Perhaps blown up by the recent storms in the southern U.S.?

A few photos from today's checklists:

Barb Hohman, photo by Neal Hohman:
Jason White:

Other most notable birds seen today:

Belleville wetlands: 2 Blue-winged Teals, 3 American Coots, 20 Green-winged
Teals, 1 Barn Owl in its usual roost/nest box, 5 Tree Swallows, 2 Rusty

Belleville Locks and Dam: 5 Horned Grebes

Sandy Creek embayment: 17 Green-winged Teals, 2 American Wigeons

Northwest Drive Ohio River Access: 1 Northern Harrier, 14 Lesser Scaup.

Before the trip, I saw 1 Eastern Phoebe at Point Park in Parkersburg. On
Feb. 28, I saw another along Speedway Road in Mineral Wells. Both in Wood

Terry Bronson
Marietta, OH
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