Date: 3/11/23 12:48 pm
From: Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney...>
Subject: Cheat Lake Waterfowl trip --- Mon. Co.
Hi all,

Almost 20 participants enjoyed the last morning before the time change by
joining Mountaineer Audubon's field trip around Cheat Lake in search of
waterbirds. The winds blew cold, perhaps dampening the expectations of
southern migrants moving back to their breeding grounds, and we encountered
a little snow/graupel as we made our way around, but spirits were still
high. It was not an amazing showing of numbers or diversity, but a
Red-throated Loon at Cheat Lake park proved to be the star of the morning
providing long looks for those notching their lifer or state-lifer ticks.
We had some new birders and some new to the area birders who came out,
which is always a real treat. Thanks to all who joined us this morning,
especially the trio of past Audubon presidents. Waterbird totals as
follows, full totals have been submitted to eBird. Anyone who went out with
us today and did not get a shared eBird list (and wants them), please shoot
me an email.

Cheat Lake --- Uplake Marinas
Canada Goose 16
Mallard 1
Ring-necked Duck 19
Lesser Scaup 10
Bufflehead 16
Common Merganser 1
Pied-billed Grebe 1

Cheat Lake --- I-68 Bridge
Lesser Scaup 1
Bufflehead 27
Horned Grebe 1

Cheat Lake --- Sunset Harbor
Ring-necked Duck 1
Pied-billed Grebe 1

Cheat Lake --- Cheat Lake Park
Canada Goose 2
Ring-necked Duck 11
Lesser Scaup 2
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Horned Grebe 1
Belted Kingfisher 1

Hannah Clipp and I also stopped by Lake O'the Woods and the Coopers Rock
trout pond after the walk. Nothing on the Trout Pond with all the
fishermen, but Lake O'the Woods held:
Canada Goose 5
Ring-necked Duck 6
Bufflehead 14

Best wishes to you all! Please check out the Mountaineer Audubon website
and/or Facebook page for info on upcoming programs and outings.

Good birding,
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