WV-BIRD
Received From Subject
1/15/19 7:27 am paulmck57 <paulmck57...> eBird -- McKay Farm,Wheeling, West Virginia, US (40.142, -80.612) -- Jan 15, 2019
1/15/19 5:52 am Randy Bodkins <randybodkins...> Common Goldeneyes/Randolph County
1/14/19 11:34 am Randy Bodkins <randybodkins...> Long-tailed Duck/Randolph County
1/14/19 8:22 am Joshua Holland <jhollandua...> FOY Bonaparte's Gull (Cabell)
1/14/19 7:16 am paulmck57 <paulmck57...> eBird -- McKay Farm,Wheeling, West Virginia, US (40.142, -80.612) -- Jan 14, 2019
1/13/19 12:35 pm Bruni Haydl <bruni...> Flicker Mania continues
1/13/19 10:10 am Hannah Clipp <hlclipp...> Black Scoter at Cheat Lake Park (Monongalia County)
1/13/19 6:57 am James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Snow Goose
1/12/19 6:30 pm Carol Del-Colle <wvnaturalist...> Fwd: eBird Report - Yard-Summit Point , Jefferson County, Jan 12, 2019
1/12/19 3:36 pm DAVID PATICK <patick...> Cabell,Mason and Putnam County birding
1/12/19 2:06 pm laura ceperley <ceperleylau...> Bird club meeting, this Monday (January 14), 6.30 in Kanawha CIty
1/12/19 5:15 am Patti Reum <pareum...>
1/11/19 6:18 pm Wilma <wjar...> Fwd: eBird Report - Hannibal Dam/Howard Jeffers Park, Jan 11, 2019
1/11/19 6:16 pm Wilma <wjar...> Fwd: eBird Report - Proctor, Jan 11, 2019
1/11/19 6:12 pm Wilma <wjar...> Fwd: eBird Report - Fairview Ridge, Jan 11, 2019
1/11/19 5:41 pm James Speicher <0000011f2d18fdda-dmarc-request...> FINAL Special invitation to WV birders especially those in...
1/11/19 3:15 pm Ms Diane Holsinger <0000002c027a27a0-dmarc-request...> Re: low numbers
1/11/19 2:19 pm Joshua Holland <jhollandua...> Sandhill Cranes (Wayne)
1/11/19 8:29 am mwilts <mwilts...> Re: low numbers
1/11/19 6:37 am Olcott, Susan P <Susan.P.Olcott...> Re: low numbers
1/11/19 6:34 am James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Re: low numbers
1/11/19 6:30 am James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Re: kestrel comments
1/11/19 6:28 am Wilbur Hershberger <00000112844fb3c8-dmarc-request...> low numbers
1/11/19 3:20 am Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...> Re: kestrel comments
1/10/19 7:27 pm Ryan Tomazin <wvwarblers...> Re: kestrel comments
1/10/19 7:03 pm Olcott, Susan P <Susan.P.Olcott...> kestrel comments
1/10/19 5:02 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Terry's comment about American kestrels
1/10/19 3:41 pm DAVID PATICK <patick...> Painted Bunting
1/10/19 12:52 pm Janet Keating <janet.ovec...> Ohio River birding this morning
1/10/19 11:55 am Gerald Kruth <00000005ead0dac6-dmarc-request...> Re: Flicker Mania n Christmas Trees
1/10/19 11:42 am Bruni Haydl <bruni...> Flicker Mania
1/10/19 8:05 am Margaret Straley <msstraley...> Immature Evening Grosbeak
1/10/19 3:45 am Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...> Wood, Jackson, Mason Counties--Harrier, Barn Owl, Cackling Geese, Tundra Swans, Eagles, Turkeys, Kestrels,
1/9/19 9:09 am Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...> Mason County Tundra Swans
1/9/19 8:12 am Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...> Cackling Geese continue in Mason County
1/8/19 4:51 pm Mike Griffith <birdonawire47...> Chipping Sparrows
1/8/19 4:37 pm Ron Canterbury <0000000bb52bba5f-dmarc-request...> Athens/Prrinceton, Mercer County CBC_26 December 2018
1/8/19 6:53 am Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...> GWF Goose in Washington County, OH
1/7/19 4:46 pm Randy Bodkins <randybodkins...> Golden Eagle/Barbour County..NO
1/7/19 2:38 pm Randy Bodkins <randybodkins...> Golden Eagle/Barbour County/TeterCreekWMA
1/7/19 11:38 am James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Fwd: eBird Report - Mouth of the Bluestone, Bluestone S.P., Jan 7, 2019
1/7/19 9:19 am Joshua Holland <jhollandua...> R-L Hawk, Tundra Swans, & Horned Larks (Mason)
1/7/19 8:49 am Bruni Haydl <bruni...> Cedar Waxwings, etc.
1/6/19 8:00 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> owls
1/6/19 6:16 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Fwd: eBird Report - Mercer County Landfill, Jan 5, 2019
1/6/19 3:58 pm Wilma <wjar...> Great horned owl
1/5/19 2:54 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Fwd: eBird Report - Elgood, Mercer County, WV, US, Jan 5, 2019
1/4/19 1:06 pm Mike Griffith <birdonawire47...> Mason Co. Merlin
1/4/19 9:15 am Casey Rucker <autoblock...> Another belated CBC report: Canaan
1/4/19 5:58 am Fred Atwood <FAtwood...> very belated report on Pendleton CBC
1/3/19 6:31 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Roadside Raptors
1/3/19 2:34 pm Joshua Holland <jhollandua...> Merlin (Mason)
1/3/19 2:12 pm Steven Wilson <scwilso35...> Common Goldeneyes, Fayette County
1/3/19 2:00 pm Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...> Thursday Birding
1/3/19 8:02 am paulmck57 <paulmck57...> eBird -- McKay Farm,Wheeling, West Virginia, US (40.142, -80.612) -- Jan 03, 2019
1/2/19 8:50 am Dick & Jeanette Esker <eskerrb...> Parkersburg Christmas Bird Count
1/2/19 7:36 am Richard Kazmierski <richardkazmierski...> Pine Siskin
1/2/19 5:28 am Paul Saffold <pesaffold...> red-shouldered entertainment
1/1/19 8:08 pm <jackie.burns...> <jackie.burns...> Re: FOY
1/1/19 6:54 pm Rankin, Gary <rankin...> Owls to start the year
1/1/19 5:56 pm Bruni Haydl <bruni...> Eagle update
1/1/19 4:24 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> first day birds
1/1/19 3:59 pm James Speicher <0000011f2d18fdda-dmarc-request...> SECOND Special invitation to WV birders especially those in...
1/1/19 2:44 pm DAVID PATICK <patick...> New Years birding
1/1/19 1:30 pm Randy Bodkins <randybodkins...> Merlin/Riverbend Park/Elkins
1/1/19 8:53 am Beverly Delidow <0000012319db2e33-dmarc-request...> Re: First Bird of the New Year
1/1/19 8:53 am Bruni Haydl <bruni...> First 2019 bird
1/1/19 8:52 am Wilbur Hershberger <00000112844fb3c8-dmarc-request...> FOY
1/1/19 8:50 am Joette Borzik <pep4223...> First Bird of the New Year
1/1/19 8:07 am Paula Jean Hallberg <pjerhall...> Firsts for 2019
1/1/19 6:42 am Wendy Perrone <wendy...> Re: First Bird of the New Year
1/1/19 6:34 am Shannon Burner <shannonann66...> First 2019 bird
1/1/19 6:29 am James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> First Bird of the New Year
1/1/19 6:01 am laura ceperley <ceperleylau...> First bird 2019 goes to...
12/31/18 5:27 pm Rankin, Gary <rankin...> Killdeer at Beech Fork marina
12/31/18 2:47 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Fwd: eBird Report - Glenwood Sewage Lagoons, Dec 31, 2018
12/30/18 6:01 pm Richard Gregg <greggra...> F.O.F.: Mandarin Ducks
12/30/18 2:47 pm Bruni Haydl <bruni...> FOS
12/30/18 9:37 am DAVID <patick...> Evening Grosbeaks
12/30/18 6:34 am Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney...> Re: F.O.F. Marmet Locks: Mandarin Duck
12/30/18 4:13 am Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...> Re: F.O.F. Marmet Locks: Mandarin Duck
12/29/18 9:01 pm Richard Gregg <greggra...> F.O.F. Marmet Locks: Mandarin Duck
12/29/18 5:30 pm DAVID PATICK <patick...> Huntington CBC
12/28/18 11:59 am Cynthia Burkhart <000000990b36e23b-dmarc-request...> Goldfinch with conjunctivitis
12/27/18 12:33 pm John Boback <00000017c64535d6-dmarc-request...> Morgantown - Northern Pintails
12/27/18 6:51 am Bruni Haydl <bruni...> Eagle, turkey
12/25/18 8:09 pm Bill and Carole Telfair <wbchtelfair...> Juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk
12/25/18 4:40 pm Rennie Talbert <renniett...> Barred Owl
12/25/18 4:36 pm Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney...> A little holiday birding ...
12/24/18 2:37 pm Bruni Haydl <bruni...> Yard birds
12/23/18 4:34 pm Bruni Haydl <bruni...> Eagle x 8
12/23/18 7:27 am James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> area birds lately
12/23/18 6:10 am Bruni Haydl <bruni...> Flock of Flickers
12/22/18 3:36 pm DAVID PATICK <patick...> Canaan Valley birding
12/22/18 11:46 am Doren Burrell <g.immer...> Charleston CBC preliminary results
12/19/18 6:14 pm Wilma <wjar...> Great-horned owl
12/19/18 5:43 am James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Pipestem Area, WV CBC
12/18/18 2:58 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Fwd: eBird Report - Mercer County Landfill, Dec 18, 2018
12/18/18 2:57 pm James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Fwd: eBird Report - Glenwood Sewage Lagoons, Dec 18, 2018
12/18/18 10:18 am Deb Hale <debhale72...> Peregrine
12/18/18 8:03 am paulmck57 <paulmck57...> eBird -- McKay Farm,Wheeling, West Virginia, US (40.142, -80.612) -- Dec 18, 2018
 
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Date: 1/15/19 7:27 am
From: paulmck57 <paulmck57...>
Subject: eBird -- McKay Farm,Wheeling, West Virginia, US (40.142, -80.612) -- Jan 15, 2019
McKay Farm,Wheeling, West Virginia, US (40.142, -80.612)
Jan 15, 2019
8:39 AM
Traveling
3.59 miles
98 minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments first black vulture of winter, I don't know where they come from but a usual winter bird on my farm.

X Black Vulture
X Turkey Vulture
X Red-bellied Woodpecker
X Downy Woodpecker
X Hairy Woodpecker
X Blue Jay
X American Crow
X Carolina Chickadee
X Tufted Titmouse
X White-breasted Nuthatch
X Brown Creeper
X Carolina Wren
X European Starling
X House Finch
X American Goldfinch
X Dark-eyed Junco
X White-throated Sparrow
X Song Sparrow
X Northern Cardinal
X House Sparrow

Number of Taxa: 20 Paul McKayOhio County




Sent via the Samsung Galaxy S7 active, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone
 

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Date: 1/15/19 5:52 am
From: Randy Bodkins <randybodkins...>
Subject: Common Goldeneyes/Randolph County
6 Male Common Goldeneyes have replaced the long-tailed Duck at the Elkins flood Control today (1/15/19) That is all that was present between 8 & 8:15..

Randy Bodkins
Norton, WV
 

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Date: 1/14/19 11:34 am
From: Randy Bodkins <randybodkins...>
Subject: Long-tailed Duck/Randolph County
Long-tailed Duck (1/14/19) Randolph County...Elkins Flood Control about halfway between the Georgetown Road Bridge and the trash boom on the Sullivan's Crossing Road side. 1:10pm-1:20pm

Randy Bodkins
Norton, WV
 

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Date: 1/14/19 8:22 am
From: Joshua Holland <jhollandua...>
Subject: FOY Bonaparte's Gull (Cabell)
Just had my FOY Bonaparte's gull at Harris Riverfront Park in Huntington.
It was with a large flock of Ring-billed gulls and a couple of Herring
gulls at the boat ramp.

Josh Holland
Huntington, WV
 

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Date: 1/14/19 7:16 am
From: paulmck57 <paulmck57...>
Subject: eBird -- McKay Farm,Wheeling, West Virginia, US (40.142, -80.612) -- Jan 14, 2019
McKay Farm,Wheeling, West Virginia, US (40.142, -80.612)
Jan 14, 2019
8:22 AM
Traveling
1.91 miles
105 minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: a beautiful morning, 17 degrees before sunrise, 4 inches of snow and a bright sunny morning. Did not count numbers so every bird listed as 1, made it easy. Have seen what is most likely the same Hermit Thrush for the last few days, tree sparrows finally identified by me (they kept hiding). 

1 Mourning Dove
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Downy Woodpecker
1 Hairy Woodpecker
1 Pileated Woodpecker
1 Blue Jay
1 American Crow
1 Carolina Chickadee
1 Tufted Titmouse
1 White-breasted Nuthatch
1 Carolina Wren
1 Eastern Bluebird
1 Hermit Thrush
1 European Starling
1 American Goldfinch
1 American Tree Sparrow
1 Dark-eyed Junco
1 White-throated Sparrow
1 Song Sparrow
1 Northern Cardinal
1 House Sparrow

Number of Taxa: 21Paul McKayOhio County




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Date: 1/13/19 12:35 pm
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni...>
Subject: Flicker Mania continues
The snow we got did not produce any new yard birds.  I'd so hoped for a
Fox Sparrow.  I can't complain because the Flickers have been at the
feeders and in the trees all day long.  One time I counted 18 of them. 
They certainly added a lot of color to the snowy yard.  There have also
been lots more Cardinals today than there have been of late.  The pair
of Mockingbirds were well behaved and did not feel compelled to drive
other birds from the food tray the way they sometimes do.  The game plan
for today was to catch up on some reading but there is just too much to
see and enjoy in the bird world.

Not unexpected,  a few small flocks of Cowbirds and Starlings were here
off and on as well.  They'll be gone when the weather changes.

Bruni Haydl

Charles Town, WV
 

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Date: 1/13/19 10:10 am
From: Hannah Clipp <hlclipp...>
Subject: Black Scoter at Cheat Lake Park (Monongalia County)
Derek Courtney and I spotted a single Black Scoter hanging out at Cheat
Lake Park, well up the lake past the break walls. Also seen in that area
were a group of 9 Common Mergansers.

At the I-68 bridge, there was also a nice Common Goldeneye male.

Good birding,
Hannah
 

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Date: 1/13/19 6:57 am
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Snow Goose
Yesterday, four of our eagle watching groups saw a snow goose along New
River near Hinton, Summers County. It was last seen at Bertha in the
Bluestone Wildlife Management Area by Allen & Mindy Waldron.
Jim Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
 

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Date: 1/12/19 6:30 pm
From: Carol Del-Colle <wvnaturalist...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Yard-Summit Point , Jefferson County, Jan 12, 2019
-------- Original Message ----------


The cold weather and threat of snow brought a nice variety and good numbers of birds to the yard today. In addition to the birds mentioned in the following e-bird report, a Carolina Wren, brown creeper, two male bluebirds, and an adult Cooper's Hawk came by the yard. Purple Finch have been regular visitors over the past week or so. Looking forward to what tomorrow brings.

Happy birding,

Carol Del-Colle,

Summit Point,

Jefferson County




-------- Original Message ----------


Yard-Summit Point , Jefferson County, Jefferson, West Virginia, US
Jan 12, 2019 12:05 PM - 12:40 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Birds observed from the house. Overcast; 32F; Calm. (snow forecast to begin after 1:00)
19 species

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 3
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 1 Seen flying over field from west to east. First one for the yard this year.
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) 1 At suet
Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens) 1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 1 At ground water dish.
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 3
Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis) 1
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 2
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) 1
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 2
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 1
Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus) 12
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 5
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 4
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) 17
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) 1 At heated water on side deck. First for year.
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 16
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 6

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51600805

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 ( https://ebird.org/home)





 

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Date: 1/12/19 3:36 pm
From: DAVID PATICK <patick...>
Subject: Cabell,Mason and Putnam County birding
Mike Griffith, Janet Keating, Gary Rankin and I birded today in Cabell, Mason and Putnam County with frequent snow showers. We were joined briefly by Josh Holland. Some of the birds seem were:


Greenbottom WMA:

Winter Wren-2

American Wigeon-2

Ring-necked Duck-1

Eastern Phoebe-1


Mt. Zion Cemetery(Mason County):

Hairy Woodpecker-1

Red-breasted Nuthatch-1


RCB Locks:

Canvasback-35

Bufflehead-6

American Black Duck-1

Cooper's Hawk-1

Bald Eagle-1

Red-shouldered Hawk-1

Savannah Sparrow-1


Gallipolis Ferry:

Merlin-1

https://www.flickr.com/photos/33983732@N02/46719005221/in/dateposted/

Lesser Scaup-1

Hooded Merganser-1


Rte. 35- Mason County

Tundra Swan-5

Red-tailed Hawk-2


Putnam County-private residence

Cooper's Hawk-2

https://www.flickr.com/photos/33983732@N02/39753173373/in/dateposted/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/33983732@N02/39753173343/in/dateposted/

Pine Siskin-20

Eastern Phoebe-1- Guyan Creek


Putnam County pond:

Green-winged Teal-1

American Black Duck-2


David Patick,

Huntington, WV 25701
 

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Date: 1/12/19 2:06 pm
From: laura ceperley <ceperleylau...>
Subject: Bird club meeting, this Monday (January 14), 6.30 in Kanawha CIty
Please join the Handlan Chapter of the Brooks Bird Club for “photo night” on Monday, January 14, 2019 at 6.30 pm at the Village Chapel Presbyterian Church, 3818 Venable Avenue, Kanawha City (Charleston). Bring whatever 5 photos of birds you would like to share on a thumb drive.

Also note the change in venue from the South Charleston Library.
Anyone interested in birds is welcome. Board meets at 6 pm.
Laura Ceperley, Kanawha County
 

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Date: 1/12/19 5:15 am
From: Patti Reum <pareum...>
Subject:
I work with kestrels in western Virginia. Would enjoy communicating with
someone monitoring them in eva. <Pareum...>
 

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Date: 1/11/19 6:18 pm
From: Wilma <wjar...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Hannibal Dam/Howard Jeffers Park, Jan 11, 2019
Wilma Jarrell

> Hannibal Dam/Howard Jeffers Park, Wetzel, West Virginia, US
> Jan 11, 2019 5:00 PM - 5:25 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 0.5 mile(s)
> 5 species
>
> Mallard 8
> Bufflehead 5
> Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 80
> Peregrine Falcon 1
> European Starling 3
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51572582
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)
 

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Date: 1/11/19 6:16 pm
From: Wilma <wjar...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Proctor, Jan 11, 2019
Saw a pair of red-tailed hawks near Grandview in route to Proctor.

Wilma Jarrell
>

> Proctor, Wetzel, West Virginia, US
> Jan 11, 2019 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.0 mile(s)
> 14 species
>
> Canada Goose 108
> Mallard 16
> Ring-necked Duck 2
> Common Merganser 9
> Common Loon 1
> Great Blue Heron 1
> Bald Eagle 2
> American Crow 3
> Common Raven 1
> Carolina Chickadee 5
> Northern Mockingbird 1
> European Starling 6
> Song Sparrow 5
> Northern Cardinal 1
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51572439
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)
 

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Date: 1/11/19 6:12 pm
From: Wilma <wjar...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Fairview Ridge, Jan 11, 2019
Later saw a yellow-bellied sapsucker at feeder.
>

> Fairview Ridge, Wetzel, West Virginia, US
> Jan 11, 2019 8:50 AM - 9:15 AM
> Protocol: Stationary
> 16 species
>
> Mourning Dove 2
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
> Downy Woodpecker 2
> Hairy Woodpecker 1
> Blue Jay 4
> American Crow 1
> Carolina Chickadee 1
> Tufted Titmouse 5
> White-breasted Nuthatch 3
> European Starling 1
> House Finch 15
> American Goldfinch 9
> Dark-eyed Junco 2
> Brown-headed Cowbird 6
> Northern Cardinal 4
> House Sparrow 6
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51572295
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)
 

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Date: 1/11/19 5:41 pm
From: James Speicher <0000011f2d18fdda-dmarc-request...>
Subject: FINAL Special invitation to WV birders especially those in...
Mineral/Hampshire/Morgan/Berkeley/Jefferson county areas bordering Maryland

Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Count [mile] reservations needed

Count dates: 1/26/19 thru 2/3/19

Here's some general background on the activity:
The 2016 C&O count was the 18th annual in the series begun by the DC Audubon Society [DCAS]. That year [2016] a huge blizzard dropped as much as 40" of snow on the area the very day of the count, which was conducted on a single day at that time. For, perhaps, that reason among others, DCAS decided to drop its sponsorship of the count. None was held in 2017. I revived the count last year and modified it in some ways incl expanding it from a single day to 9 days.

In my last attempt, I'll repeat...I know many of you likely live too far from the MD/WV border to participate, but there MAY be SOME who are close. STILL hoping to hear from some of you.

For open sections click the link just below and scroll down past the SPECIAL APPEAL TO DC/METRO BIRDERS:
http://digest.sialia.com/?rm=message;id=1488493

Re reserving miles:
REPLY with particulars in the following manner: I will bird from START milepost # to END milepost #.

For specific rules/details see:
http://birding.aba.org/message.php?mesid=1511513&MLID=MARY&MLNM=Maryland - DC

I've heard that the ABA link may be problematic. If that's the case use:
http://digest.sialia.com/?rm=message;id=1485521

Use <jugornought...> for my email contact rather than my YAHOO address.

Another option would be to join me on one of my two towpath surveys opposite Harpers Ferry. Both will cover two miles between mileposts 61 & 65 on different days - likely not weekends. For the one closest to Harpers Ferry, I will be parking at the train station and could meet someone there. For the other I will be parking near milepost 65 in MD and travelling downstream for two miles.

I live approximately 13 miles from Harpers Ferry. As such I can't post my local observations to this list. However, just this once I will link to a post I made to the MD Birding Google group which details my first 10 [X] birds of 2019:
http://digest.sialia.com/?rm=message;id=1485695

Note: C&O Count participants must be current eBird users [https://ebird.org/home], or be willing to join as data must be submitted in eBird checklist format.

Note: C&O NPS web link:
https://www.nps.gov/choh/index.htm

Note: C&O Canal Trust's access and parking web link:
https://www.canaltrust.org/plan/parking-along-the-co-canal-3/

Jim Speicher
BroadRun/Burkittsville area
[FR] Frederick County MD
Maryland Ornithological Society member, Washington [WA] Co, MD Chapter
 

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Date: 1/11/19 3:15 pm
From: Ms Diane Holsinger <0000002c027a27a0-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: low numbers
Pretty good number of White Throats 31 today but they are expecting SNOW
On Friday, January 11, 2019, 11:29:33 AM EST, mwilts <mwilts...> wrote:

Hi Wil:
White throated and song sparrows are in good numbers. 
Low numbers of regulars, thought it was just my location.
Tufted Titmouse - 0
Carolina Chickadee - 2
Carolina Wren - good numbers, feeding live mealworms. 
Brown Creeper - a few
Downy Woodpecker - a few, lower than past years
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 2 or 3, similar as past years 
Hairy Woodpecker - 0, occasional visits in the past.
Pileated Woodpecker - consistent at 2
American Goldfinch - low, occasionally see one.

Mike <WiltshireMwilts...>(Sent from phone) 
-------- Original message --------From: Wilbur Hershberger <00000112844fb3c8-dmarc-request...> Date: 1/11/19  9:28 AM  (GMT-05:00) To: <WV-BIRD...> Subject: low numbers
Our feeders have been busy during the cold spell, but the total number of birds seems really low. Is anyone else seeing this or are numbers typical for your location?
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Chickadee
Carolina Wren
Brown Creeper
Downy Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
American Goldfinch

Good Birding!

Wil Hershberger
Nature Images and Sounds, LLC <http://www.natureimagesandsounds.com/>
Hedgesville, WV
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Date: 1/11/19 2:19 pm
From: Joshua Holland <jhollandua...>
Subject: Sandhill Cranes (Wayne)
I just had a flock of 27 Sandhill Cranes fly over Beech Fork Campgrounds.
They were headed directly west at sunset toward Beech Fork Dam and Marina.
It may be worth checking the dam, both golf courses, and any other suitable
habitat in the vicinity at sunrise in case they decided to lay down for the
night.

Josh Holland
Huntington, WV
 

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Date: 1/11/19 8:29 am
From: mwilts <mwilts...>
Subject: Re: low numbers
Hi Wil:
White throated and song sparrows are in good numbers. 
Low numbers of regulars, thought it was just my location.
Tufted Titmouse - 0
Carolina Chickadee - 2
Carolina Wren - good numbers, feeding live mealworms. 
Brown Creeper - a few
Downy Woodpecker - a few, lower than past years
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 2 or 3, similar as past years 
Hairy Woodpecker - 0, occasional visits in the past.
Pileated Woodpecker - consistent at 2
American Goldfinch - low, occasionally see one.

Mike <WiltshireMwilts...>(Sent from phone) 
-------- Original message --------From: Wilbur Hershberger <00000112844fb3c8-dmarc-request...> Date: 1/11/19 9:28 AM (GMT-05:00) To: <WV-BIRD...> Subject: low numbers
Our feeders have been busy during the cold spell, but the total number of birds seems really low. Is anyone else seeing this or are numbers typical for your location?
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Chickadee
Carolina Wren
Brown Creeper
Downy Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
American Goldfinch

Good Birding!

Wil Hershberger
Nature Images and Sounds, LLC <http://www.natureimagesandsounds.com/>
Hedgesville, WV
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Date: 1/11/19 6:37 am
From: Olcott, Susan P <Susan.P.Olcott...>
Subject: Re: low numbers
In southern Monongalia Co my numbers and diversity have been low. Of course, with no snow natural food is abundant. Things picked up a bit with the snow yesterday - the weekend should be interesting.

Susan Olcott
WVDNR
Regional Diversity Biologist
PO Box 99, 1110 Railroad St
Farmington WV 26571
(304)825-6787

-----Original Message-----
From: Audubon birding discussion for WV <WV-BIRD...> On Behalf Of Wilbur Hershberger
Sent: Friday, January 11, 2019 9:28 AM
To: <WV-BIRD...>
Subject: low numbers

Our feeders have been busy during the cold spell, but the total number of birds seems really low. Is anyone else seeing this or are numbers typical for your location?
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Chickadee
Carolina Wren
Brown Creeper
Downy Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
American Goldfinch

Good Birding!

Wil Hershberger
Nature Images and Sounds, LLC <http://www.natureimagesandsounds.com/>
Hedgesville, WV
The Songs of Insects <http://www.songsofinsects.com/>

 

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Date: 1/11/19 6:34 am
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Re: low numbers
We seem to be having pretty good numbers at the feeders. With the warm
weather, juncos, white-throated sparrows, purple finches and pine siskins
tend to move off into the woods. First sign of cold or snow and they are
back.
Jim Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV

On Fri, Jan 11, 2019 at 9:28 AM Wilbur Hershberger <
<00000112844fb3c8-dmarc-request...> wrote:

> Our feeders have been busy during the cold spell, but the total number of
> birds seems really low. Is anyone else seeing this or are numbers typical
> for your location?
> Tufted Titmouse
> Carolina Chickadee
> Carolina Wren
> Brown Creeper
> Downy Woodpecker
> Red-bellied Woodpecker
> Hairy Woodpecker
> Pileated Woodpecker
> American Goldfinch
>
> Good Birding!
>
> Wil Hershberger
> Nature Images and Sounds, LLC <http://www.natureimagesandsounds.com/>
> Hedgesville, WV
> The Songs of Insects <http://www.songsofinsects.com/>
>
>
 

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Date: 1/11/19 6:30 am
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Re: kestrel comments
Hey Folks,
Thanks for the comments on kestrels.
A third of our sites had both a male and a female. We didn't write down
male/female ratio with the rest but the general feeling is that the
majority were males.
Jim Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV

On Fri, Jan 11, 2019 at 6:21 AM Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...>
wrote:

> The many birds I've seen have included both sexes, no preponderance of
> either.
>
> Terry
>
> On Thu, Jan 10, 2019 at 10:27 PM Ryan Tomazin <wvwarblers...>
> wrote:
>
> > We had a male and female on adjoining electric wires right next to a nest
> > box a mile south of Pymatuning Reservoir in PA on New Year's Day, which I
> > thought was interesting.
> >
> > Ryan Tomazin - Bridgeville, PA
> >
> > ________________________________
> > From: Audubon birding discussion for WV <WV-BIRD...> on
> > behalf of Olcott, Susan P <Susan.P.Olcott...>
> > Sent: Thursday, January 10, 2019 10:03 PM
> > To: <WV-BIRD...>
> > Subject: kestrel comments
> >
> > The number of kestrels so far this winter may have something to do with
> > the lack of snow. Better visibility may provide better hunting
> > opportunities and success, allowing individuals to winter further north,
> > closer to breeding areas. This sort of behavior can be segregated by
> > gender. Has anyone noted sexes of the kestrels seen? Males of other
> > species often winter further north.
> >
> > With snow coming ibn currently and this weekend, it will be interesting
> to
> > see if the number of sightings is maintained or if individuals start
> > drifting south.
> >
> > Susan Olcott
> > WVDNR
> > Regional Diversity Biologist
> > PO Box 99, 1110 Railroad St
> > Farmington WV 26571
> > (304)825-6787
> >
>
>
> --
> Terry Bronson
> Marietta, OH
>
 

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Date: 1/11/19 6:28 am
From: Wilbur Hershberger <00000112844fb3c8-dmarc-request...>
Subject: low numbers
Our feeders have been busy during the cold spell, but the total number of birds seems really low. Is anyone else seeing this or are numbers typical for your location?
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Chickadee
Carolina Wren
Brown Creeper
Downy Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
American Goldfinch

Good Birding!

Wil Hershberger
Nature Images and Sounds, LLC <http://www.natureimagesandsounds.com/>
Hedgesville, WV
The Songs of Insects <http://www.songsofinsects.com/>

 

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Date: 1/11/19 3:20 am
From: Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...>
Subject: Re: kestrel comments
The many birds I've seen have included both sexes, no preponderance of
either.

Terry

On Thu, Jan 10, 2019 at 10:27 PM Ryan Tomazin <wvwarblers...>
wrote:

> We had a male and female on adjoining electric wires right next to a nest
> box a mile south of Pymatuning Reservoir in PA on New Year's Day, which I
> thought was interesting.
>
> Ryan Tomazin - Bridgeville, PA
>
> ________________________________
> From: Audubon birding discussion for WV <WV-BIRD...> on
> behalf of Olcott, Susan P <Susan.P.Olcott...>
> Sent: Thursday, January 10, 2019 10:03 PM
> To: <WV-BIRD...>
> Subject: kestrel comments
>
> The number of kestrels so far this winter may have something to do with
> the lack of snow. Better visibility may provide better hunting
> opportunities and success, allowing individuals to winter further north,
> closer to breeding areas. This sort of behavior can be segregated by
> gender. Has anyone noted sexes of the kestrels seen? Males of other
> species often winter further north.
>
> With snow coming ibn currently and this weekend, it will be interesting to
> see if the number of sightings is maintained or if individuals start
> drifting south.
>
> Susan Olcott
> WVDNR
> Regional Diversity Biologist
> PO Box 99, 1110 Railroad St
> Farmington WV 26571
> (304)825-6787
>


--
Terry Bronson
Marietta, OH
 

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Date: 1/10/19 7:27 pm
From: Ryan Tomazin <wvwarblers...>
Subject: Re: kestrel comments
We had a male and female on adjoining electric wires right next to a nest box a mile south of Pymatuning Reservoir in PA on New Year's Day, which I thought was interesting.

Ryan Tomazin - Bridgeville, PA

________________________________
From: Audubon birding discussion for WV <WV-BIRD...> on behalf of Olcott, Susan P <Susan.P.Olcott...>
Sent: Thursday, January 10, 2019 10:03 PM
To: <WV-BIRD...>
Subject: kestrel comments

The number of kestrels so far this winter may have something to do with the lack of snow. Better visibility may provide better hunting opportunities and success, allowing individuals to winter further north, closer to breeding areas. This sort of behavior can be segregated by gender. Has anyone noted sexes of the kestrels seen? Males of other species often winter further north.

With snow coming ibn currently and this weekend, it will be interesting to see if the number of sightings is maintained or if individuals start drifting south.

Susan Olcott
WVDNR
Regional Diversity Biologist
PO Box 99, 1110 Railroad St
Farmington WV 26571
(304)825-6787
 

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Date: 1/10/19 7:03 pm
From: Olcott, Susan P <Susan.P.Olcott...>
Subject: kestrel comments
The number of kestrels so far this winter may have something to do with the lack of snow. Better visibility may provide better hunting opportunities and success, allowing individuals to winter further north, closer to breeding areas. This sort of behavior can be segregated by gender. Has anyone noted sexes of the kestrels seen? Males of other species often winter further north.

With snow coming ibn currently and this weekend, it will be interesting to see if the number of sightings is maintained or if individuals start drifting south.

Susan Olcott
WVDNR
Regional Diversity Biologist
PO Box 99, 1110 Railroad St
Farmington WV 26571
(304)825-6787
 

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Date: 1/10/19 5:02 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Terry's comment about American kestrels
In his post, Terry Bronson commented on the number of kestrel sightings he
has experienced lately. Judy and I noticed the same thing in our area. I
decided to check my notes. In the past month, we have found kestrels in at
least 17 locations in Monroe County, 3 locations in Mercer County, 8
locations in Summers County and 5 locations in southern Greenbrier County.
Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
 

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Date: 1/10/19 3:41 pm
From: DAVID PATICK <patick...>
Subject: Painted Bunting
A male Painted Bunting was seen on January 6 by Josh Holland, Mike Griffith and I in Jefferson County WV near Sheperdstown at a private residence, and the homeowner did not want the location to be publicized.Technically, this would be the 4th WV state record, as the 3rd state record would count when it was seen from January thru April 15,2018 and it later left the area. See links for pics.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/33983732@N02/45724514645/in/dateposted/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/33983732@N02/45724514435/in/dateposted/


David Patick,

Huntington, WV 25701
 

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Date: 1/10/19 12:52 pm
From: Janet Keating <janet.ovec...>
Subject: Ohio River birding this morning
Mike Griffith and I went is search of the Cackling Geese reported yesterday
at Krodel Park in Pt. Pleasant, Mason County, to no avail.

Birds of note include:
4 American Black Ducks on the Ohio River seen at the fish hatchery

1 Snow Goose seen through a spotting scope among 300-400 Canada geese on
the second island in the the Ohio River across from the hatchery. We are
98% sure that it was a Snow Goose rather than a Ross's Goose.

1 pair of Ruddy Ducks at the sandpit at Gallipolis Ferry.

Janet




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Date: 1/10/19 11:55 am
From: Gerald Kruth <00000005ead0dac6-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: Flicker Mania n Christmas Trees
Lovely post, Bruni.  Readers should note -- collect those old Christmas trees and stash them in a protected corner of your yard where they can shelter our winged friends through the winter.
Jerry KruthPittsburgh


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From: Bruni Haydl <bruni...>
To: WV-BIRD <WV-BIRD...>
Sent: Thu, Jan 10, 2019 1:42 pm
Subject: Flicker Mania

Birds never fail to surprise me.  The stiff breeze and cold temps did
not prevent a flock of over a dozen Cedar Waxwings from feasting on
Bradford Pear fruit.   Seeing them was worth our usual mile walk this
morning.

The activity at home was amazing.  Flickers everywhere.  I counted eight
in close proximity just looking out the kitchen window.  The Hairy,
Downy and Red-bellied woodpeckers were here too.  And the pair of
Pileateds.    A few days ago a female Flicker was on the tube feeder
containing sunflower chips.  She looked awkward and a bit silly hanging
from the bottom perch. Today a female Pileated was on the same feeder. 
They've never done this before.  The same seed is on two trays that
would be much easier to access.  I managed to get photos of both of them.

Suet has been in high demand even before it turned cold.  Just picked up
three more cases yesterday.  The suet basket on the walnut trunk was
almost empty.  When I went up to remove it the little Brown Creeper just
stayed there.  If I'd reached out I could have touched him.  Such a
beautiful creature.  He not only looks for insects on the bark but feeds
from the suet basked as well as cleaning up crumbs at the base of the tree.

The other day a handsome Sharpie zipped over the patio but failed to get
anything.  Next thing he comes back and goes after a Song Sparrow hiding
in the quince bush.  He actually tried to go in but was too big.  I
purposely don't thin this shrub so that the little guys can find safety.

On my way home on Monday I saw a neighbor loading two Christmas trees
into his pickup.  The man was on his way to the dump so I asked him if
he'd bring them to my yard instead.  Saved him a trip and it was just
what I needed for the birds since my tree is still decorated.   Perfect
timing too since we are expecting snow this weekend so they will provide
extra shelter.

Bruni Haydl
 

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Date: 1/10/19 11:42 am
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni...>
Subject: Flicker Mania
Birds never fail to surprise me.  The stiff breeze and cold temps did
not prevent a flock of over a dozen Cedar Waxwings from feasting on
Bradford Pear fruit.   Seeing them was worth our usual mile walk this
morning.

The activity at home was amazing.  Flickers everywhere.  I counted eight
in close proximity just looking out the kitchen window.  The Hairy,
Downy and Red-bellied woodpeckers were here too.  And the pair of
Pileateds.    A few days ago a female Flicker was on the tube feeder
containing sunflower chips.  She looked awkward and a bit silly hanging
from the bottom perch. Today a female Pileated was on the same feeder. 
They've never done this before.  The same seed is on two trays that
would be much easier to access.  I managed to get photos of both of them.

Suet has been in high demand even before it turned cold.  Just picked up
three more cases yesterday.  The suet basket on the walnut trunk was
almost empty.  When I went up to remove it the little Brown Creeper just
stayed there.  If I'd reached out I could have touched him.  Such a
beautiful creature.  He not only looks for insects on the bark but feeds
from the suet basked as well as cleaning up crumbs at the base of the tree.

The other day a handsome Sharpie zipped over the patio but failed to get
anything.  Next thing he comes back and goes after a Song Sparrow hiding
in the quince bush.  He actually tried to go in but was too big.  I
purposely don't thin this shrub so that the little guys can find safety.

On my way home on Monday I saw a neighbor loading two Christmas trees
into his pickup.  The man was on his way to the dump so I asked him if
he'd bring them to my yard instead.  Saved him a trip and it was just
what I needed for the birds since my tree is still decorated.   Perfect
timing too since we are expecting snow this weekend so they will provide
extra shelter.

Bruni Haydl
 

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Date: 1/10/19 8:05 am
From: Margaret Straley <msstraley...>
Subject: Immature Evening Grosbeak
We had an immature Evening Grosbeak at the feeder this morning. The
first one here in almost eleven years.

Margaret Straley and Bob Summers

near Spencer, Roane County, WV
 

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Date: 1/10/19 3:45 am
From: Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...>
Subject: Wood, Jackson, Mason Counties--Harrier, Barn Owl, Cackling Geese, Tundra Swans, Eagles, Turkeys, Kestrels,
Highlights of my all-day swing yesterday (Jan. 9) through the
aforementioned counties:

Wood County:

Northwest Drive--1 Cooper's Hawk, 1 Red-tailed Hawk, 2 American Kestrels

Belleville Ohio River Access Site--2 adult Bald Eagles, 1 Barn Owl (scope
view of ghostly heart-shaped face in recesses of nest hole in old lock
house), 6 Northern Flickers, 1 American Kestrel

Belleville Lock and Dam--2 Herring Gulls, 1 Red-shouldered Hawk, 1
Red-tailed Hawk, 1 American Kestrel

Jackson County:

Ravenswood Water Treatment Plant--10 Canada Geese, 1 Gadwall, 1 American
Wigeon, 20 Mallards, 4 American Black Ducks, 16 Ring-necked Ducks, 3
Buffleheads, 1 American Coot, 30 American Robins

Route 2 at Mill Creek--1 adult Bald Eagle

Mason County:

Krodel Park, Point Pleasant--2 Cackling Geese, 138 Canada Geese, 1 Lesser
Scaup

Route 817 south of Point Pleasant--5 Tundra Swans, 2 Great Blue Herons (in
middle of corn stubble field!), 1 Red-tailed Hawk, 6 American Kestrels,
1,300 American Crows. Note: the state farm I referenced in yesterday's post
on the swans is the McAusland Farm--not the Leonhardt Farm.

Apple Grove Fish Hatchery--65 Canada Geese, 4 Mallards, 36 Canvasbacks, 1
Bufflehead, 1 Double-crested Cormorant, 1 Northern Harrier

Robert C. Byrd Locks and Dam--1 Double-crested Cormorant, 2 American
Kestrels

Gallipolis Ferry gravel pit--20 Mallards, 2 Ring-necked Ducks, 2 Lesser
Scaups, 1 Ruddy Duck

Route 62 north of school health facility at north edge of Point
Pleasant--62 Wild Turkeys, 1 American Kestrel, 2,000 American Crows

Route 2 at Airport Road--2 American Kestrels

McClintic Wildlife Management Area (2 largest ponds only)--1 Mute Swan, 2
Canada Geese

In addition, I saw 3 or 4 more American Kestrels at various locations along
Route 2. Although this species is declining nationally, it seems to be
doing well in the Lower Ohio River and Lower Kanawha River Valleys.

--
Terry Bronson
Marietta, OH
 

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Date: 1/9/19 9:09 am
From: Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...>
Subject: Mason County Tundra Swans
Also continuing from a few days ago along Route 817 south of the Leonhardt
State Farm. 1 adult and 4 first-year birds.

Terry Bronson
Marietta, OH
 

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Date: 1/9/19 8:12 am
From: Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...>
Subject: Cackling Geese continue in Mason County
The 2 birds at Krodel Park in Point Pleasant discovered in December are
still present this morning. Have to sort through 138 Canada Geese to find
them. Frigid and windy day, but the birds are right next to the park road,
so binoculars are sufficient to find them.

Terry Bronson
Marietta, OH
 

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Date: 1/8/19 4:51 pm
From: Mike Griffith <birdonawire47...>
Subject: Chipping Sparrows
I found about 15 Chipping Sparrows in the west end of Huntington along the Ohio River.

Mike Griffith
Huntington
 

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Date: 1/8/19 4:37 pm
From: Ron Canterbury <0000000bb52bba5f-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Athens/Prrinceton, Mercer County CBC_26 December 2018
The Athens/Princeton, Mercer County CBC for the NAS 119th Count Year was conducted on 26 December 2018.  There were 14 observers in 5 parties, birding from 7:30-5:30 pm, 1 feeder 2-hour observation from 1 observer, and no owling.  Temperatures ranged from 19-50 F, mostly sunny, wind 0-3 mph SSE, still water partly frozen and running water open; 31 total party hours and 289 total miles.  Participants included Cindy Horton, Alex Horton, Nick Horton, Robert Horton, David Johnston, Alma Lowry, Jim and Judy Phillips. Jon Puckett, James Taylor, Mindy and Allen Waldron, Steven Wilson, and Ron Canterbury, compiler.

There were 50 species and 2,610 individuals.  Below is the species list and those with an "*" were high counts for this CBC.Canada Goose * - 277
Mallard  * - 82
Wild Turkey - 21Pied-billed Grebe - 1Great Blue Heron * - 4
Black Vulture - 82Turkey Vulture * - 200
Cooper's Hawk * - 4Bald Eagle (adult) - cwRed-shouldered Hawk * - 17Red-tailed Hawk * - 11Buteo sp. - 1Rock Pigeon - 136Mourning Dove - 84
Eastern Screech-Owl - cwBelted Kingfisher - 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 21Yellow-billed Sapsucker - 2Downy Woodpecker * - 25Hairy Woodpecker - 4Northern Flicker * - 6Pileated Woodpecker - 6Woodpecker sp. - 1American Kestrel - 3Peregrine Falcon * - 1Eastern Phoebe - 1Blue Jay - 77
American Crow - 103Common Raven * - 10
Carolina Chickadee - 79
Tufted Titmouse * - 104
Red-breasted Nuthatch - 6
White-breasted Nuthatch * - 38
Brown Creeper - 3
Winter Wren * - 5
Carolina Wren * - 52
Golden-crowned Kinglet - 9
Eastern Bluebird - 26
Hermit Thrush - 2
American Robin - 9
Northern Mockingbird * - 26
European Starling - 453
Cedar Waxwing - 13
Chipping Sparrow * - 2
Field Sparrow - 2
Dark-eyed Junco - 87White-throated Sparrow - 25
Song Sparrow - 26
Swamp Sparrow - 3
Eastern Towhee * - 13
Northern Cardinal - 79
House Finch - 17American Goldfinch - 43
House Sparrow * - 288

Ron CanterburyCincinnati, Ohio and Metalton, WV
 

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Date: 1/8/19 6:53 am
From: Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...>
Subject: GWF Goose in Washington County, OH
At Newell Run backwater north of Marietta with many Canada Geese.

This is the same bird with at least a partially-shredded right wing that
was at the St. Marys Marina across the Ohio River in St. Marys, WV last
fall. That is about 5 miles upriver from Newell Run, so the bird could
easily have swum that distance, even if it cannot fly. Likely the bird has
been around all winter.

Terry Bronson
Marietta, OH
 

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Date: 1/7/19 4:46 pm
From: Randy Bodkins <randybodkins...>
Subject: Golden Eagle/Barbour County..NO
After staring and staring at the photos I'm calling it a young Bald Eagle as I originally thought..


Randy Bodkins
Norton, WV
 

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Date: 1/7/19 2:38 pm
From: Randy Bodkins <randybodkins...>
Subject: Golden Eagle/Barbour County/TeterCreekWMA
I had a Golden Eagle flying high at Teter Creek Lake WMA today at 1:20 pm..(1/7/19)..NO waterfowl present.

Randy Bodkins
Norton, WV
 

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Date: 1/7/19 11:38 am
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Mouth of the Bluestone, Bluestone S.P., Jan 7, 2019
---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: Mon, Jan 7, 2019 at 2:35 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Mouth of the Bluestone, Bluestone S.P., Jan 7, 2019
To: <jimandjudyphillips...>


Mouth of the Bluestone, Bluestone S.P., Summers, West Virginia, US
Jan 7, 2019 12:50 PM - 1:20 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.75 mile(s)
9 species

Bufflehead 9
Common Merganser 10
Cooper's Hawk 1
Bald Eagle 2 1st year, 2nd year
Red-tailed Hawk 1
American Crow 3
Cedar Waxwing 12
American Goldfinch 1
White-throated Sparrow 3

Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV


View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51435947

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)
 

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Date: 1/7/19 9:19 am
From: Joshua Holland <jhollandua...>
Subject: R-L Hawk, Tundra Swans, & Horned Larks (Mason)
I had a single Rough-legged hawk and five continuing Tundra Swans on Route
817 about five miles east of Point Pleasant. Also four Horned larks off
Leon Ferry Road.

Josh Holland
Huntington, WV
 

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Date: 1/7/19 8:49 am
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni...>
Subject: Cedar Waxwings, etc.
Yesterday morning we saw the Red-shouldered Hawk again.  When we got to
the top of the hill and the cul-de-sac I was pleasantly surprised when a
flock of Cedar Waxwings showed up.  I was able to point them out to a
neighbor who was also out with his dogs.  The Waxwings were feasting on
Bradford Pear fruit.  They did the same thing last year.  This morning
some Robins were in the same tree with one lone Waxwing with them.

Some friends stopped by yesterday to check out the birds in my yard.  We
decided to check on the Eagle nest.  No eagle in that tree or the
sycamores on the water's edge.   When I looked over to Lover's Leap at
the top of the cliff I saw the eagle. sitting in the tree.   They are so
flashy and easy to spot even from a distance and without binoculars.  Of
course it helps when you have seen them there in the past.  After a
while the Eagle took flight and circled above us with the resident
Red-tailed Hawk also making an appearance.

Late afternoon I walked my dog over there again.  This time we saw the
pair of birds sitting in the same tree at Lover's Leap. I'm looking
forward to being able to watch them raise their young.

Bruni Haydl

Charles Town, WV
 

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Date: 1/6/19 8:00 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: owls
Just heard a pair of great horned owls in our neighborhood.
Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
 

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Date: 1/6/19 6:16 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Mercer County Landfill, Jan 5, 2019
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From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: Sun, Jan 6, 2019 at 9:42 AM
Subject: eBird Report - Mercer County Landfill, Jan 5, 2019
To: <jimandjudyphillips...>


Mercer County Landfill, Mercer, West Virginia, US
Jan 5, 2019 12:30 PM - 12:40 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: sunny, 45 degrees
7 species

Black Vulture 60 have had over 100 in recent weeks
Turkey Vulture 40
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
American Crow 100
Common Raven 2
European Starling 300 number estimated
House Sparrow 6

Jim& Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV


View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51377986

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Date: 1/6/19 3:58 pm
From: Wilma <wjar...>
Subject: Great horned owl
A great horned owl is calling outside close to or in yard.

Wilma Jarrell
Wileyville
Wetzel County

Sent from my iPod
 

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Date: 1/5/19 2:54 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Elgood, Mercer County, WV, US, Jan 5, 2019
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From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: Sat, Jan 5, 2019 at 5:50 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Elgood, Mercer County, WV, US, Jan 5, 2019
To: <jimandjudyphillips...>


Elgood, Mercer County, WV, US, Mercer, West Virginia, US
Jan 5, 2019 3:00 PM - 3:20 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
12 species

Golden Eagle 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
American Kestrel 1
American Crow 5
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Eastern Bluebird 1
Dark-eyed Junco 3
White-throated Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 2

Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV


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Date: 1/4/19 1:06 pm
From: Mike Griffith <birdonawire47...>
Subject: Mason Co. Merlin
This morning, Janet Keating and I spotted the Merlin reported by Josh Holland yesterday. It was at exactly the same location.

Mike Griffith
Huntington
 

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Date: 1/4/19 9:15 am
From: Casey Rucker <autoblock...>
Subject: Another belated CBC report: Canaan
Hi, all,



Many thanks to the 21 intrepid surveyors who found 2,060 individuals of 48
species on the Canaan Christmas Bird Count, in spite of a chilly, rainy day
on December 16. Many observers trekked for many hours finding very few
birds. During Count Week we also found Northern Harrier, Hermit Thrush, and
Fox Sparrow. Surprising misses included Rough-legged Hawk, Purple Finch, and
Pine Siskin.



The outstanding birds of the day were our first Ruby-crowned Kinglet in 26
years of the count, a Brown Thrasher, and 33 Evening Grosbeaks. Our count
joins the club of finding a record number of Red-breasted Nuthatches during
this irruption year. We also recorded new high numbers for Mourning Dove,
Eastern Screech-Owl, Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Wren, House Sparrow, Song
Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, and Northern Cardinal. We tied the record for Downy
Woodpecker.



Here are the results:



Canada Goose 1

Wood Duck 1

Mallard 21

Hooded Merganser 4

Ruffed Grouse 3

Wild Turkey 31

Rock Pigeon 94

Mourning Dove 175

Black Vulture 3

Northern Harrier cw

Sharp-shinned Hawk 1

Cooper's Hawk 1

Bald Eagle 1

Red-shouldered Hawk 1

Red-tailed Hawk 3

Eastern Screech-Owl 4

Great Horned Owl 1

Barred Owl 2

Northern Saw-whet Owl 1

Belted Kingfisher 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker 12

Downy Woodpecker 27

Hairy Woodpecker 6

Northern Flicker 2

Pileated Woodpecker 4

American Kestrel 3

Blue Jay 46

American Crow 100

Common Raven 17

Black-capped Chickadee 233

Red-breasted Nuthatch 27

White-breasted Nuthatch 41

Brown Creeper 2

Carolina Wren 34

Golden-crowned Kinglet 18

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1

Eastern Bluebird 12

Hermit Thrush cw

Brown Thrasher 1

European Starling 303

House Sparrow 265

Evening Grosbeak 33

House Finch 16

American Goldfinch 67

Field Sparrow 11

Fox Sparrow cw

Song Sparrow 53

Swamp Sparrow 2

White-throated Sparrow 24

Dark-eyed Junco 166

Northern Cardinal 95.



Good birding to all in 2019!



Casey Rucker

Dry Fork, WV






















 

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Date: 1/4/19 5:58 am
From: Fred Atwood <FAtwood...>
Subject: very belated report on Pendleton CBC
Dear WV Birders
Sorry for my delay in posting this summary of the Pendleton CBC held on Dec
18, 2018. Many thanks to the excellent and conscientious 10 field
participants (and several feeder watchers), including new participants
James Fox, Kyle Rambo, and Darrell Good, and returning Herb Myers, Sherry
Crigler, Jimmy Waybright, David Carr and Chuck and Paula Waggy. Special
thanks to the Ruddle sisters for organizing and compiling the results from
the feeder watchers. Carolyn Ruddle organized this count for decades before
I inherited it from her.

Unfortunately one sector was not covered this year because the birder ran
into a deer en route and had to get his car towed back home for repair. He
was OK.
Despite this decrease in coverage, we found 67 species and 3 additional
count week birds. Most notable were a Spotted Sandpiper at the Franklin
WTP found by James Fox, a Pine Warbler in the pines in the Brandywine
sector, and a record-breaking 24 red-breasted nuthatches, 22 of which were
in the pines in the Brandywine sector. This count was triple our previous
high. The warbler and sandpiper were only the second sightings in the 41
years of the count. Other unusual sightings for this count were chipping
sparrow (seen 6 previous years) and Wilson's snipe (seen 3 previous years).
The rivers were very fast and deep, perhaps explaining our low number for
great blue heron. Winter finches were quite low especially considering
that this is an irruption year for some of them. Cedar berries were scarce,
perhaps explaining why there were so few cedar waxwings, bluebirds, and
robins. We had new high counts of white-throated sparrow, red-shouldered
hawk, brown creeper, and common merganser. There were dramatically
lower-than-average counts of titmouse, cedar waxwing, robin, house finch,
American crow, starling, and winter wren.

A complete list follows. (NOY = number of years seen in the previous 40 of
this count. H = high count, A = recent average)
141 Canada Goose H 517, A 202, NOY 20 + 2 cw
16 American Black Duck H 80, A 26, NOY 14
94 Mallard H 268 A 61 NOY 23
15 Mallard or Black Duck silhouettes
1 cw Lesser Scaup H 1, A 1, NOY 5
1 cw Bufflehead H 4, A 1, NOY 6
1 cw Ring-necked Duck H 3, A 0, NOY 1 + 1 cw
22 Common Merganser, new high, H 18, A 5, NOY 8
4 Hooded Merganser, H 12, A 3, NOY 6 + 1 cw
1 Ruffed Grouse H 10, A 1, NOY 31, definitely evidence of a decline in this
species
9 Wild Turkey H 59, A 16, NOY 22 + 3 cw
3 Great Blue Heron H 13, A 6, NOY 31
90 Black Vulture H 126, A 58, NOY 19 + 5 cw
128 Turkey Vulture H 171, A 60, NOY 12 + 2 cw
11 Bald Eagle H 35, A 12, NOY 17 + 1 cw
4 Golden Eagle H 6, A 3, NOY 18 + 9 cw
1 Sharp-shinned Hawk H 3, A 1, NOY 22
3 Cooper's hawk H 7, A 2, NOY 19 + 1 cw
30 Red-tailed Hawk H 40, A 22, NOY 38 + 1 cw
4 Red-shouldered Hawk H 3, A 1, NOY 8
12 American Kestrel H 15, A 10, NOY 39
1 Spotted Sandpiper seen only once before
1 Wilson's Snipe H 3, A 0, NOY 3
70 Rock Pigeon H 287, A 73, NOY 34
145 Mourning Dove H 368, A 128, N)& 38 + 1 cw
5 Screech Owl H 10, A 7, NOY 26
1 Barred Owl, H 2, A 0, NOY 5 + 1 cw
6 Belted Kingfisher H 14, A 9, NOY 39
2 Red-headed Woodpecker H 23, A 7, NOY 22 + 2 cw
47 Red-bellied Woodpecker H 54, A 36, NOY 39
9 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker H 18, A 8, NOY 30
47 Downy Woodpecker H 91, A 51, NOY 40
15 Hairy Woodpecker H 15, A 13, NOY 39
14 Flicker H 42, A 18, NOY 33 + 1 cw
11 Pileated Woodpecker H 30, A 19, NOY 39 + 1 cw
5 Phoebe H 7, A 3, NOY 25 + 2 cw
131 Bue Jay H 493, A 175, NOY 40
336 American Crow H 1718, A 643, NOY 40
40 Raven, H 69, A 45, NOY 37
125 BC Chickadee H 149, A 125, NOY 40
83 Titmouse, H 189, A 172, NOY 40
24 Red-breasted Nuthatch H 8, A 4, NOY 17
88 WB Nuthatch H 94, A 85, NOY 40
10 Brown Creeper H 7, A 6, NOY 32
86 Carolina wren H 105, A 78, NOY 38
3 Winter Wren H 13, A 7, NOY 26 + 1 cw
40 GC Kinglet H 95, A 49, NOY 34
2 RC Kinglet H 4, a 2, NOY 14
87 Bluebird H 146, A 105, NOY 34 + 1 cw
5 Hermit Thrush H 9, A 4, NOY 26 + 2 cw
2 Robin H 200, A 78, NOY 26 + 2 cw
21 Mockingbird H 39, A 23, NOY 40
16 Cedar Waxwing H 448, A 135, NOY 24 + 1 cw
519 Starling H 3352, A 1268, NOY 40
22 Yellow-rumped Warbler H 107, A 41, NOY 18
1 Pine Warbler, second sighting ever
4 Towhee, H 10, A 3, NOY 12 + 1 cw
1 Chipping Sparrow H 4, A 1, NOY 6
26 Field Sprrow H 76, A 22, NOY 30
1 Fox Sparrow, H 18, A 6, NOY 12 + 1 cw
107 Song Sparrow H 111, A 82, NOY 39
2 Swamp Sparrow H 2, A 1, NOY 9 + 1 cw
132 White-Throated Sparrow H 118, A 84, NOY34
4 White-crowned Sparrow H 42, A 7, NOY 28
475 Junco H 1554, A 693, NOY 40
91 Cardinal H 159, A 102, NOY 40
1 Grackle H 136, A 3, NOY 20 + 2 cw
1 Purple Finch H 100, A 7, NOY 27
12 House Finch H 611, A 56, NOY 32 + 1 cw
15 Pine Siskin H 285, A 11, NOY 16 + 2 cw
251 Goldfinch H 298, A 183, NOY 37
98 House Sparrow H 35, A 117, NOY 40


Wishing you all great birding in 2019.
Fred Atwood
Cabins, Grant Co, WV
Oakton, VA
 

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Date: 1/3/19 6:31 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Roadside Raptors
Judy and I decided to go to the Cheese-n-More store in Gap Mills, Monroe
County today and get lunch and enjoy it in view of Peters Mt. It didn't
take long to see it was going to be a great day for raptors along the
roadside.
Here's what we found along the way-
Adult bald eagle at Bellepoint.
Along Rt.. 122 from Forest Hill to Rock Camp - 8 bald eagles(2 adults, 1
sub-adult, 1 2nd year bird and 4 1st year birds), 2 red-tailed hawks and 1
Amer. kestrel.
Rt. 3 east of Union to Gap Mills - 5 Amer. kestrels, 3 red-tailed hawks and
1 northern harrier.
Moncove Lake S.P. - 1 red-tailed hawk.
Hillsdale Rd. from Rt. 3 to Rt. 219 -
4 Amer. kestrels, 2 red-tailed hawks and 1 Cooper's hawk.
Rt. 219 at Pickaway-
1 red-tailed hawk, 1 Amer. kestrel and 1 adult bald eagle.
Neff Orchard Rd.-
3 Amer. kestrels, 2 red-tailed hawk and 1 Rodney Davis.
Rt. 3 at Wolf Creek-
1 Amer. kestrel.
Alderson -
2 adult bald eagles at the nest.
Backroad from Pence Springs to Talcott-
1 Amer. Kestrel and 1 northern harrier.
Totals-
bald eagle- 12
Amer. kestrel - 16
red-tailed hawk - 11
Cooper's hawk - 1
northern harrier - 2

14th Southern WV Winter Eagle Survey - January 12, 2019!
Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
 

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Date: 1/3/19 2:34 pm
From: Joshua Holland <jhollandua...>
Subject: Merlin (Mason)
I found my lifer Merlin today (Nemesis bird 1 of 10), just before sunset at
Mt. Zion Church in Fraziers Bottom, Mason County. It was perched high in a
dead tree at sunset so hopefully it roosts for the night and sticks around
for a while.

Josh Holland
Huntington, WV
 

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Date: 1/3/19 2:12 pm
From: Steven Wilson <scwilso35...>
Subject: Common Goldeneyes, Fayette County
While searching for Marsh Wrens at Plum Orchard WMA (Fayette County) I found two Common Goldeneyes. They were on the water near Beech Bottom Campground. Both appeared to be female. No luck finding Marsh Wrens.

Steven Wilson
Beckley, WV
 

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Date: 1/3/19 2:00 pm
From: Herb and Sarah Myers <hesemyers...>
Subject: Thursday Birding
This year I am going to do a monthly bird count on a 2-mile loop in
Blackwater Falls State Park and on 1.8-mile loop in Canaan Valley Resort
State Park. I did the first counts today. It was quite quiet. The sky was
clouded and the temperature hovered near freezing with a brisk breeze.

In Blackwater Falls State Park, we had only three species - American Crow
(3), Common Raven (1) and Black-capped Chickadee (3). We did a little
better in Canaan Valley Resort State Park with five species - Downy
Woodpecker (2 - actively chasing each other), Hairy Woodpecker (1), Bald
Eagle (1 adult soaring high), Black-capped Chickadee (1) and a
Golden-crowned Kinglet (1).

The highlight was finally getting to see the Evening Grosbeaks that have
been hanging out in Canaan Valley. Our Wednesday group struck out on them
yesterday after two tries. We couldn't find them this morning on our way to
Davis. On the way back to Canaan Valley, we decided to try a final time. As
we turned onto Cortland Road off Route 32, a flock of birds flew across in
front of us. I stopped and counted 16 Evening Grosbeaks in the top of a
tree. They were chattering. I was only able to get two good photos as the
camera wanted to focus on the branches. No matter - I was happy. Herb
Myers, Harman, Randolph County from Tucker County
 

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Date: 1/3/19 8:02 am
From: paulmck57 <paulmck57...>
Subject: eBird -- McKay Farm,Wheeling, West Virginia, US (40.142, -80.612) -- Jan 03, 2019
McKay Farm,Wheeling, West Virginia, US (40.142, -80.612)
Jan 03, 2019
8:05 AM
Traveling
3.16 miles
171 minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:FOY was a crow, same as last year, a pattern developing.FOY raptor was a red shouldered hawk, it surprised me because they nest in backyard and are year round residents, but I had not heard or seen them in several months.At least one raven today, first one since September.A beautiful gray early morning walk.

15 Mallard
4 Turkey Vulture
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
2 Downy Woodpecker
1 Downy/Hairy Woodpecker
1 Northern Flicker
3 Blue Jay
32 American Crow
1 Common Raven
9 Carolina Chickadee
8 Tufted Titmouse
4 White-breasted Nuthatch
2 Carolina Wren
2 Eastern Bluebird
4 Song Sparrow
1 Northern Cardinal

Number of Taxa: 16Paul McKayOhio county




Sent via the Samsung Galaxy S7 active, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone
 

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Date: 1/2/19 8:50 am
From: Dick & Jeanette Esker <eskerrb...>
Subject: Parkersburg Christmas Bird Count
The Parkersburg Christmas Bird Count was on Saturday, December 29. The birding was very slow. We had the lowest number of species for the past ten years, mostly because there were no ducks on the river. We also had low numbers for most individual species. One high number was Chipping Sparrow. The weather was decent – about 40 degrees and cloudy. No rain.

Dick & Jeanette Esker
Wood County

Parkersburg Christmas Bird Count 2018

Canada Goose 673
Mallard 107
Canvasback 1
Hooded Merganser 1
Wild Turkey 41
Great Blue Heron 7
Turkey Vulture 5
Bald Eagle 6
Cooper's Hawk 6
Accipiter Species 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 8
Red-tailed Hawk 14
American Kestrel 10
Ring-billed Gull 1
Rock Dove 1045
Mourning Dove 402
Belted Kingfisher 8
Red-bellied Woodpecker 69
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 3
Downy Woodpecker 41
Hairy Woodpecker 7
Northern Flicker 31
Pileated Woodpecker 11
Eastern Phoebe 1
Blue Jay 184
American Crow 120
Carolina Chickadee 100
Tufted Titmouse 83
Red-breasted Nuthatch 5
White-breasted Nuthatch 31
Brown Creeper 2
Carolina Wren 85
Winter Wren 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 10
Eastern Bluebird 64
American Robin 124
Northern Mockingbird 31
Cedar Waxwing 25
European Starling 1249
Yellow-rumped Warbler 19
Rufous-sided Towhee 16
American Tree Sparrow 3
Chipping Sparrow 13
Field Sparrow 5
Song Sparrow 40
Swamp Sparrow 1
White-throated Sparrow 36
White-crowned Sparrow 26
Dark-eyed Junco 139
Northern Cardinal 195
Common Grackle 4
Brown-headed Cowbird 1
House Finch 62
Pine Siskin 2
American Goldfinch 64
House Sparrow 112

TOTAL 5351
Total Species 55
Number of Observers 21

Count Week birds were Fox Sparrow, Sharp-shinned Hawk and Peregrine Falcon.
 

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Date: 1/2/19 7:36 am
From: Richard Kazmierski <richardkazmierski...>
Subject: Pine Siskin
We are still getting Pine Siskin. 7 in the yard this morning coming to sunflower hearts, in Hurricane, Putnam County.

Kim Kazmierski
Hurricane
 

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Date: 1/2/19 5:28 am
From: Paul Saffold <pesaffold...>
Subject: red-shouldered entertainment
Yesterday, 1/1/2019, we had an entertaining juvenile red-shouldered hawk in the back yard several times during the day. At times it was perched on a nestbox next to our pond. Watching goldfish? Several times it dropped to the ground, once getting something small to eat. Mouse or vole maybe, couldn’t tell. It appeared to be watching one of the numerous squirrels and we were hoping it would have a feast but no.

It hung out near the feeders keeping the small birds away but we didn’t see it attempt to get one. Does that count as a bird for Project FeederWatch? This is my first year doing that.

Paul Saffold
Inwood
Berkeley Co.
 

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Date: 1/1/19 8:08 pm
From: <jackie.burns...> <jackie.burns...>
Subject: Re: FOY

My FOY bird was a blue jay.
On Tuesday, January 1, 2019, 11:52:40 AM EST, Wilbur Hershberger <00000112844fb3c8-dmarc-request...> wrote:

My firsts were a male Red-bellied Woodpecker and a male Pileated Woodpecker waiting for me to fill the suet feeders.
A happy and birdie New Year to all.

Wil Hershberger
Hedgesville, WV
The Songs of Insects <http://www.songsofinsects.com/>
             
 

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Date: 1/1/19 6:54 pm
From: Rankin, Gary <rankin...>
Subject: Owls to start the year
As David Patick reported earlier, David, Mike Griffith, Janet Keating and I had a good day birding to start off the new year. Before we met at 7:30 A.M. to bird along Rtes 2, 817 and 35, I decided to do a little owling in Wayne Co. I started about 6:15 A.M. birding along Lower Newcomb Creek Road. At my first stop I was rewarded with hearing an Eastern Screech-owl - my first of the year bird! Other stops along the road came up empty, as did a stop at Sugarwood Golf Course. So I drove over to the dam and marina area at Beech Fork Lake. As I exited my SUV, I was rewarded with the sounds of Mallards, Hooded Mergansers and Killdeer. I was listening to the Killdeer when a Great Horned Owl started calling from the hillside near the Visitor’s Center. Not having heard the Great Horned Owls that have spent the last few years in our neighborhood area, often being my first of the year birds, I listened to and enjoyed the low hoots for several minutes. But, by now it was 7:10 A.M. and time to leave to meet our group for the first birding outing of 2019. A very nice way to start the day, and spending it with owls and friends makes it even more special.

Gary Rankin
Lavalette, WV
Wayne Co.

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Date: 1/1/19 5:56 pm
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni...>
Subject: Eagle update
We extended our evening dog walk to check on the neighbor's eagles.  The
nest looked fuller, like it had material added to it.  When I spotted
the pair in a sycamore tree on the edge of the Shenandoah we turned back
so as not to disturb them.   They brought the total number of species
for the first day of this year to 24.   Not bad for not leaving home.

Bruni Haydl

Charles Town, WV
 

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Date: 1/1/19 4:24 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: first day birds
Had a good first day of the year birding today-
gray catbird in Bluestone S.P.
2 golden eagles and 1 bald in Bluestone S.P.
On the way to Union, Monroe County for Three Rivers Avian Center bald eagle
release had 4 immature bald eagles, 2 redtails and 3 Amer. kestrels. The
release was great with close to 100 people in attendance. Found one
Eurasian collared dove in Union.
Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County Pipestem, WV
 

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Date: 1/1/19 3:59 pm
From: James Speicher <0000011f2d18fdda-dmarc-request...>
Subject: SECOND Special invitation to WV birders especially those in...
Mineral/Hampshire/Morgan/Berkeley/Jefferson county areas bordering Maryland

Chesapeake and Ohio Canal count mile reservations needed

I know many of you likely live too far from the MD/WV border to participate, but there must be SOME who are close. Is the thinking, "Well, this is a MD thing not a WV thing." Respectfully, WRONG! It's a BIRDING thing! Hope to hear from some of you...

For full details see:
http://birding.aba.org/message.php?mesid=1511513&MLID=MARY&MLNM=Maryland - DC

Use jugornought AT gmail DOT com as email contact. This is indicated in the link above.

Note: Participants must be current eBird users [https://ebird.org/home], or be willing to join as data must be submitted in eBird checklist format.

Note: C&O NPS web link:
https://www.nps.gov/choh/index.htm

Note: C&O Canal Trust's access and parking web link:
https://www.canaltrust.org/plan/parking-along-the-co-canal-3/

Jim Speicher
BroadRun/Burkittsville area
[FR] Frederick County MD
Maryland Ornithological Society member, Washington [WA] Co, MD Chapter
 

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Date: 1/1/19 2:44 pm
From: DAVID PATICK <patick...>
Subject: New Years birding
Gary Rankin, Mike Griffith, Janet Keating and I did our traditional New Years day birding. We saw a total of 57 species and the highlights of the day were 5 Tundra Swans and a flock of 100 American pipits seen in Mason County. Some of the findings include the following:


Ducks:

Gadwall-2 at RCB Locks

Canvasback- 70 at RCB Locks

Lesser Scaup-1 at RCB Locks

Bufflehead-4 at RCB Locks

Hooded Merganser-1 at RCB Locks

Ring-necked Duck-7 in Gallipolis Ferry

Ruddy Duck-2 in Gallipolis Ferry

Pied-billed Grebe-1 at Shady Waters Campground


Rte. 35 Mason County;

Tundra Swan-5 see link below to pic

https://www.flickr.com/photos/33983732@N02/32687690158/in/dateposted/

American Pipit-100

Peregrine Falcon-1


Silver Memorial Bridge:

Peregrine Falcon-1


RCB Locks:

American Tree Sparrow-3

Herring Gull


Greenbottom:

Fox Sparrow-2



David Patick,

Huntington, WV 25701
 

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Date: 1/1/19 1:30 pm
From: Randy Bodkins <randybodkins...>
Subject: Merlin/Riverbend Park/Elkins
There was a Merlin at Riverbend Park in Elkins today between 12:15 and 12:50 at the point below Smith Backhoe Service where the river comes closest to the road. (1/1/19).

Randy Bodkins
Norton, WV
 

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Date: 1/1/19 8:53 am
From: Beverly Delidow <0000012319db2e33-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: First Bird of the New Year
First here was a small squadron of Carolina Chickadees popping in and out of the feeder.

Bev Delidow
Huntington
Wayne Co.


> On Jan 1, 2019, at 9:42 AM, Wendy Perrone <wendy...> wrote:
>
> My first bird of the year was a Carolina wren!
> -Wendy Perrone, Executive Director, Three Rivers Avian Center, Brooks (Hinton) WV. www.tracwv.org. Sent from my smartphone.
> -------- Original message --------From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Date: 1/1/19 9:29 AM (GMT-05:00) To: <WV-BIRD...> Subject: First Bird of the New Year
> Judy's first bird of 2019 was American goldfinch and mine was downy
> woodpecker.
> Jim & Judy Phillips
> Summers County
> Pipestem, WV
 

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Date: 1/1/19 8:53 am
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni...>
Subject: First 2019 bird
The first bird was a Chickadee, visible in the morning darkness because
of the white feathers.  When I hung the feeders back out a Brown Creeper
moved on the trunk of the tree.  A bit later I saw two Creepers on the
same tree.   A pair of Mockingbirds just showed up on the feeder tray. 
Despite the balmy but breezy day the suet is in high demand.

Bruni Haydl

Charles Town, WV
 

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Date: 1/1/19 8:52 am
From: Wilbur Hershberger <00000112844fb3c8-dmarc-request...>
Subject: FOY
My firsts were a male Red-bellied Woodpecker and a male Pileated Woodpecker waiting for me to fill the suet feeders.
A happy and birdie New Year to all.

Wil Hershberger
Hedgesville, WV
The Songs of Insects <http://www.songsofinsects.com/>

 

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Date: 1/1/19 8:50 am
From: Joette Borzik <pep4223...>
Subject: First Bird of the New Year
The first bird I heard in the new year was a Blue Jay. I could hear it outside from my living room with the curtains closed. The first bird I saw in 2019 was an American Goldfinch drinking at the pond.


Wishing us all many birds in 2019,


BIRDMOM

Jefferson County, WV
 

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Date: 1/1/19 8:07 am
From: Paula Jean Hallberg <pjerhall...>
Subject: Firsts for 2019
Took a long while to see first birds: two arrived simultaneously at the feeder, once the 48 mph winds died back a bit: a chickadee and a titmouse.
We are on Cabin Mountain, backing to Dolly Sods, Davis.
Happy New Year!
Paula

 

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Date: 1/1/19 6:42 am
From: Wendy Perrone <wendy...>
Subject: Re: First Bird of the New Year
My first bird of the year was a Carolina wren!
-Wendy Perrone, Executive Director, Three Rivers Avian Center, Brooks (Hinton) WV. www.tracwv.org.   Sent from my smartphone.
-------- Original message --------From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...> Date: 1/1/19 9:29 AM (GMT-05:00) To: <WV-BIRD...> Subject: First Bird of the New Year
Judy's first bird of 2019 was American goldfinch and mine was downy
woodpecker.
Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
 

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Date: 1/1/19 6:34 am
From: Shannon Burner <shannonann66...>
Subject: First 2019 bird
My first of the year bird was a male Hairy Woodpecker enjoying a suet cake
breakfast. My second was a Carolina wren, beneath the suet feeder, that was
picking up the bits of suet dropped by the Hairy. A peaceful start to 2019.

Happy New Year and good birding in 2019!

Shannon Burner
Keyser, Mineral Co.
 

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Date: 1/1/19 6:29 am
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: First Bird of the New Year
Judy's first bird of 2019 was American goldfinch and mine was downy
woodpecker.
Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
 

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Date: 1/1/19 6:01 am
From: laura ceperley <ceperleylau...>
Subject: First bird 2019 goes to...
One of the numerous Blue Jays wintering in my yard. It was “sharing” seeds with a male towhee. Or rather they were both scratching around under the feeder together, kinda pecking at each other. May we all be as beautifully dressed and be as alert as Jays this coming year, fiercely protecting our clans and calling out danger. But also be good at snooping around and finding things that are just plain interesting. Laura Ceperley
 

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Date: 12/31/18 5:27 pm
From: Rankin, Gary <rankin...>
Subject: Killdeer at Beech Fork marina
We took our dogs for a walk at the Beech Fork dam and marina area this afternoon. There were four Killdeer near the parking lot by the boat ramp. There haven’t been that many Killdeer in the marina area for some time.

Gary Rankin
Lavalette, WV
Wayne Co.

Sent from my iPad
 

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Date: 12/31/18 2:47 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Glenwood Sewage Lagoons, Dec 31, 2018
---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: Mon, Dec 31, 2018 at 5:40 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Glenwood Sewage Lagoons, Dec 31, 2018
To: <jimandjudyphillips...>


Glenwood Sewage Lagoons, Mercer, West Virginia, US
Dec 31, 2018 12:29 PM - 12:39 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: cloudy, 56 degrees
11 species

Canada Goose 27
Wood Duck 3
American Wigeon 2
Mallard 77
American Black Duck 10
Ring-necked Duck 3
Turkey Vulture 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Carolina Wren 1
Song Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 1

Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51133940

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)
 

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Date: 12/30/18 6:01 pm
From: Richard Gregg <greggra...>
Subject: F.O.F.: Mandarin Ducks
First Of Forever sighting-continuing:
Sunday, Dec. 30th, 2018, Marmet Locks and Dam
Mandarin Duck (1M/1F).
Continuing sighting from yesterday.
The female has a thick red band on her left leg.
No band was observed on the male.
Birds were first observed on Christmas Eve by non-eBird fisherman.
They don’t seem particularly bothered by human presence.
Up to seven observers were about 60-yards away.
All observers are usually in plain sight of the birds.
The fisherman stated he fished fairly near the birds without bothering them.
All sightings are from the Belle side of the river.

Four photos on the 10:00 observation:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51103718 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51103718>

Six photos on the 13:27 observation:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51104336 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51104336>

Happy New Year,
Rick Gregg
Kanawha Co., WV
 

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Date: 12/30/18 2:47 pm
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni...>
Subject: FOS
Earlier this week I was thrilled to finally have a White-crowned Sparrow
in my yard.  It had the markings of a first winter bird. They used to be
regulars but haven't been for well over five years.

Midweek I saw a pair of Red-tailed Hawk along Marlow Rd, beyond Rt 9. 
Must be their favorite tree because whenever I see one of them that is
where they are.  Saw another immature Eagle on the lone tree in the big
field off this road.  This was a different one from a few days ago, more
brown coloring.

Driving down Rissler Rd was not productive.  I did see a Kingfisher, a
pair of Common Mergansers and some Canada Geese. Standing water in that
area as well.  From the looks of it the road must have been flooded
earlier.

Bruni Haydl

Charles Town
 

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Date: 12/30/18 9:37 am
From: DAVID <patick...>
Subject: Evening Grosbeaks
Per Virginia birder, who asked me to post for him,the EVGR’s are still being seen off Cortland Rd.this am across from Promised Land Rd.

David Patick,
Huntington,WV.
25701



Sent from XFINITY Connect App
 

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Date: 12/30/18 6:34 am
From: Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney...>
Subject: Re: F.O.F. Marmet Locks: Mandarin Duck
Terry et al.,

There is a minor correction that needs to be made on Terry's post. Ebird
does NOT accept Mandarin Duck as wild in Florida, California, or anywhere
else. That is not one of ebird's jobs. Just because a species pops up on
range map does not mean it is wild, or countable, or anything else. A good
example would be Ring-necked Pheasant or Northern Bobwhite here in WV.
Those birds show up in ebird in lots of places in the state, but that does
not mean they are considered wild everywhere. Outside of a very select few
places, they are escapees.

The reason that these birds show up on ebird in some places and not others
is that it is important to keep track of exotic populations in areas where
they might compete with native species or impact habitat. And ebird is a
good tool for that.

As for countability, the old saying goes, it is your list, do what you
want. And that's very true. As far as the ABA, AOS, and every state is
concerned Mandarin Duck is not countable anywhere in the US or Canada.

Good birding,
Derek

Sent from My Verizon Mobile Device
 

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Date: 12/30/18 4:13 am
From: Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...>
Subject: Re: F.O.F. Marmet Locks: Mandarin Duck
Rich, Mike, and everyone,

Mandarin Ducks are not native to the U.S. and are normally only found in
zoos and waterfowl collections. Occasionally, however, 1 or 2 may escape
and become feral. Because these are not part of the native avifauna of the
U.S. they are not accepted as valid wild birds by eBird, except in Florida,
California, and a few other places where there are long-established wild
populations. The American Birding Association very conservative and
stringent guidelines on when such exotic birds are considered established,
at http://listing.aba.org/criteria-determining-establishment-exotics/, may
be helpful. The West Virginia birds, obviously, do not come close to
meeting those guidelines.

Mandarin Ducks do indeed hybridize with Wood Ducks, and eBird does now
include that option for reporting, so Rich, you might want to go back and
change the dabbling duck sp. on your checklist
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S25259218 accordingly. Apparently, they
may also hybridize with other species as well: Rich's checklist
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S29851605 shows a female with a huge bill
and a head profile not characteristic of either Wood Ducks or Mandarin
Ducks. Although those checklists do not list Mallards--wild or the white
domestic types--I suspect that species may be part of the bird's ancestry
since that would normally be the only other breeding species present in the
area in summers.

Terry

On Sun, Dec 30, 2018 at 12:01 AM Richard Gregg <greggra...>
wrote:

> First Of Forever sighting (;>)
> Sat Dec 29, 2018 12:50 PM, Marmet Locks.
> Mandarin Duck (1M/1F)
> See photos on checklist.
> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51063765 <
> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51063765>
>
> I had a hybrid Wood/Mandarin Duck some time ago about 3-miles from this
> sighting. Maybe there's something going on we don't understand? Two weird
> sighting fairly close together?
> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S25259218 <
> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S25259218?fbclid=IwAR0sGdqHbI3z4hegjiWTNhZNsep80bQN3owqEj3Ap5wx61cVi0v8-IpXlv0>
>
>
> Also, look at this female with a bunch of ducklings at the Marmet Locks. I
> labeled as a Wood Duck but doesn't it look strange for a Wood Duck? I just
> "assumed" it was a normal aberration but could it have been a Wood/Mandarin
> hybrid?
> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S29851605 <
> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S29851605>
>
> As always, comments appreciated!
>
> Rick Gregg
> Kanawha Co., WV



--
Terry Bronson
Marietta, OH
 

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Date: 12/29/18 9:01 pm
From: Richard Gregg <greggra...>
Subject: F.O.F. Marmet Locks: Mandarin Duck
First Of Forever sighting (;>)
Sat Dec 29, 2018 12:50 PM, Marmet Locks.
Mandarin Duck (1M/1F)
See photos on checklist.
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51063765 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51063765>

I had a hybrid Wood/Mandarin Duck some time ago about 3-miles from this sighting. Maybe there's something going on we don't understand? Two weird sighting fairly close together?
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S25259218 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S25259218?fbclid=IwAR0sGdqHbI3z4hegjiWTNhZNsep80bQN3owqEj3Ap5wx61cVi0v8-IpXlv0>

Also, look at this female with a bunch of ducklings at the Marmet Locks. I labeled as a Wood Duck but doesn't it look strange for a Wood Duck? I just "assumed" it was a normal aberration but could it have been a Wood/Mandarin hybrid?
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S29851605 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S29851605>

As always, comments appreciated!

Rick Gregg
Kanawha Co., WV
 

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Date: 12/29/18 5:30 pm
From: DAVID PATICK <patick...>
Subject: Huntington CBC
16 individuals participated today in the Huntington CBC. The temp. was around 38 with cloudy skies for most of the day.Some of the findings were:


Ducks:

American Black Duck-5

Mallard-168

Bufflehead-1

Hooded Merganser-8


Owls:

Screech Owl-11

Great Horned Owl-3

Barred Owl-2


Hawks:

Red-shouldered Hawk-21 tied the record for this CBC


Nuthatches:

Red-breasted Nuthatch-27


We also had 1 Brown Thrasher.


David Patick,

Compiler

Huntington, WV 25701
 

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Date: 12/28/18 11:59 am
From: Cynthia Burkhart <000000990b36e23b-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Goldfinch with conjunctivitis
Sorry to report that I have at least 1 Goldfinch with conjunctivitis at one of my feeders. Do I have to take all feeders and suet down? What is recommended?
Ebird reports attached with photos.
Cynthia Burkhart
Ritchie county

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51022425

Sent from my iPadhttps://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51022189
 

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Date: 12/27/18 12:33 pm
From: John Boback <00000017c64535d6-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Morgantown - Northern Pintails
One of my daughters is reporting two Northern Pintails this afternoon on the Monongahela River at the Star City sewage treatment plant.

John Boback
Ford City, PA
 

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Date: 12/27/18 6:51 am
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni...>
Subject: Eagle, turkey
Yesterday afternoon I was heading north on Marlow Rd. and saw one Bald
Eagle in the tree in the middle of the field.  Based on its coloration
it was a third year bird.  On the way home I'd just crossed the new Rt 9
when I spotted one lone male turkey to my right.  I turned around in the
next driveway to get a better look and alert any cars going by. 
Fortunately the turkey crossed Marlow and headed up the hill into the
woods.  Very odd to see just one unless there had been others and this
guy was just taking his sweet time.

Bruni Haydl

Charles Town
 

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Date: 12/25/18 8:09 pm
From: Bill and Carole Telfair <wbchtelfair...>
Subject: Juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk
As we sat around the Christmas tree this morning a juvenile Red-shouldered hawk swooped into my deck chasing the juncos, sparrows and finches that were there.  Unfortunately, it swooped onto my bird feeder, which has a wire loop on top and got caught in the loop. It fluttered several times, but was obviously caught. So I donned my heavy leather gloves and went out to rescue it.  After twice having my thumb grabbed in his claws and bearly able to tug it loose, I was able to untwist the wire from around his body and set him free.  I have now retracted the wire, so it won't happen again.
See photos on the ebird checklist below.Bill Telfair, Jefferson County
View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50957387
 

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Date: 12/25/18 4:40 pm
From: Rennie Talbert <renniett...>
Subject: Barred Owl
Amy and I was passing through the campground area of Beech Fork today when we saw a buck at the side of the road. I slowed down but didn't stopped and a large bird being chased by a small bird passed directly in front of us below eye level. I immediately turned around and we were able to find a barred owl sitting on a sycamore limb next to the road. We were able to observe it for a couple of minutes before traffic forced us to move on.

Rennie Talbert
Barboursville, wv
 

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Date: 12/25/18 4:36 pm
From: Derek Courtney <derek.dana.courtney...>
Subject: A little holiday birding ...
Hi all,

I made my usual non-birding Christmas trip to Grandview cemetery in
Fairmont. It was fairly quiet overall. A few purple finches and a
Red-breasted Nuthatch were the passerines of note. No crossbills,
grosbeaks, or other northern visitors. A quick trip Rock Lake had only
Mallard and Hooded Mergansers visible on the Lake; the Canada Goose flock
must have been grazing somewhere out of sight. Nothing else to report on a
non-birding day. Hoping that the holiday season finds you all well. Here's
to a happy and healthy 2019, with lots of good birds to color the new year.
Best wishes to you all.

Good birding,
Derek
 

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Date: 12/24/18 2:37 pm
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni...>
Subject: Yard birds
This morning I was telling my neighbor about yesterday's amazing eagle
sighting when from the direction of the Shenandoah came a gorgeous adult
eagle.  So beautiful as he banked and a ray of sun highlighted the white
head and tail against the gray clouds in the back.

Lots of woodpecker activity again around the suet.  At one time the
Pileated, Hairy, Downy and Flicker were in close proximity on the walnut
trunk.  Earlier the Pileated was right behind the Brown Creeper, always
making for a funny size comparison.

Coming back from our dog walk around 5:00 I looked in one of the nest
boxes along the driveway and flushed a Downy.  Walking around back I
took some laundry down and had a little black and white face peering
from another nest box.  That makes three different boxes where I've
found them.   This is the first year that I've noticed Downies using the
box to roost.

Bruni Haydl

Charles Town, WV
 

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Date: 12/23/18 4:34 pm
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni...>
Subject: Eagle x 8
This afternoon at 2:30 I was on Marlow Rd. heading north when I saw two
adult eagles on a deer carcass in the large field to the left.   Another
bird nearby was an immature.  Then I saw more birds up ahead, two on the
ground and three in the big tree.  They were all immature eagles. 
Fortunately I had my binoculars with me.  There were no cars behind me
so I was able to stop and get really good looks at them.   Talk about an
adrenaline rush!  I know that in other parts of our state this number
would not be unusual but I never expected to see eight eagles in one
place. What a Christmas present!
 

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Date: 12/23/18 7:27 am
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: area birds lately
We rode from Hinton to Sandstone Falls on New River yesterday. Water was
high. We saw 1 bald eagle, 10 common merganser and believe it or not only 1
Canada goose and 2 mallards.
At Pipestem, we had 7 gadwalls and a bufflehead on a private lake. At the
feeder we had hairy woodpeckers, purple finches, fox sparrow and a brown
creeper.
Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV
 

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Date: 12/23/18 6:10 am
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni...>
Subject: Flock of Flickers
Flickers are part of my regulars but it was great to see six of them in
the space of  a square yard milling around the suet cake, two on the
basket and the others below picking up the crumbs.   A pair of Hairy
Woodpeckers has also been a nice addition.

A few days ago two male Pileated Woodpeckers were sparring on the walnut
tree trunk.  At one point they were facing each other, "fencing" with
their bills.  Guess it is some sort of territorial behavior but does not
seem aggressive.  Earlier this week and this morning they were both
going up, down and around a tree.  You can't miss them even from a
distance with those flashy colors, that red crest looking like a tiny
Santa hat.  They look especially vibrant against the muted winter
colors.  Years ago they were rare in my yard but that has changed. 
Yesterday when I went out the back door to get a dish the female
Pileated stayed on the suet cake no more than 12 feet from me.  It's
nice that they are so used to me.  I'd taken the feeder in last night
and when I hung it back out this morning the Brown Creeper stayed on the
tree which surprised me.  Such a sweet little bird.

Bruni Haydl

Charles Town, WV
 

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Date: 12/22/18 3:36 pm
From: DAVID PATICK <patick...>
Subject: Canaan Valley birding
Josh Holland, Mike Griffith, Gary Rankin and I left Huntington at 5 am today to do some birding in Canaan Valley with the major target bird being the Evening Grosbeak. It was chilly with the temperature around 28 and snow showers with west winds at 20 mph and gusts higher at times. As we turned of Rte. 32 to Cortland, we were immediately greeted by a total of 50 Evening Grosbeaks feeding on sumac berries-please see link to pics. I have not seen Evening Grosbeaks since January 5,2008, which were also found off Cortland Rd. Other birds seen were:


Rough-legged Hawk-2

Kestrel-1

Red-tailed Hawk-1

Bald Eagle-1 adult

Rusty Blackbird-1


https://www.flickr.com/photos/33983732@N02/44602858750/in/dateposted/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/33983732@N02/32547701068/in/dateposted/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/33983732@N02/32547699618/in/dateposted/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/33983732@N02/46368964002/in/dateposted/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/33983732@N02/32547701078/in/dateposted/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/33983732@N02/46419450701/in/dateposted/
 

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Date: 12/22/18 11:46 am
From: Doren Burrell <g.immer...>
Subject: Charleston CBC preliminary results
The 2018 Charleston CBC was conducted on Saturday, December 15, 2018. In
all, 21 individuals participated in nine field teams and two feeder
watchers. We tallied 62 species in the course of the day.
Highlights from this year's count include 3 Peregrine Falcons, 3
Merlins, 5 Winter Wrens, a Gray-Cheeked Thrush, and 3 Blackpoll
Warblers.

Canada Goose 638
Wood Duck 3
Gadwall 25
Mallard 103
Ring-necked Duck 10
Lesser Scaup 5
Hooded Merganser 21
Common Merganser 1
Ruddy Duck 2
Wild Turkey 2
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Great Blue Heron 7
Black Vulture 5
Turkey Vulture 174
Cooper's Hawk 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 8
American Coot 17
Rock Dove 499
Mourning Dove 58
Belted Kingfisher 5
Red-bellied Woodpecker 35
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 11
Downy Woodpecker 42
Hairy Woodpecker 4
Northern Flicker 29
Pileated Woodpecker 15
American Kestrel 1
Merlin 3
Peregrine Falcon 3
Eastern Phoebe 1
Blue Jay 101
American Crow 358
Carolina Chickadee 107
Black-capped Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 78
White-breasted Nuthatch 35
Brown Creeper 3
House Wren 2
Winter Wren 5
Golden-crowned Kinglet 6
Eastern Bluebird 58
Hermit Thrush 3
American Robin 154
Gray-cheeked Thrush 1
Northern Mockingbird 20
European Starling 519
Cedar Waxwing 1
Carolina Wren 105
Yellow-rumped Warbler 14
Palm Warbler 2
Blackpoll Warbler 3
Rufous-sided Towhee 29
Chipping Sparrow 35
Song Sparrow 145
Swamp Sparrow 3
White-throated Sparrow 71
Dark-eyed Junco 63
Northern Cardinal 125
House Finch 25
Purple Finch 3
American Goldfinch 18
House Sparrow 15

Totals: Species 62
Individuals 3838
 

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Date: 12/19/18 6:14 pm
From: Wilma <wjar...>
Subject: Great-horned owl
Stepped out side to put some food scraps out for the 4 opossum feeding in crabapple tree. I heard a great-horned owl calling.

Wilma Jarrell
Wileyville
Wetzel County

Sent from my iPod
 

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Date: 12/19/18 5:43 am
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Pipestem Area, WV CBC
*47th Pipestem Area, WV*

*Christmas Bird Count*

*December 15, 2018*

59 species, 1461 individuals. Participants: Nancy Hopps, Alma Lowry, Julie
McQuade, Cheryl Miller, Sharyn Ogden, Jim(compiler) & Judy Phillips, Betsy
Reeder, Allen & Mindy Waldron and Barry Williams.

Canada Goose 46, Mallard 27, Ring-necked Duck 8 , Bufflehead 11, Hooded
Merganser 18, Common Merganser 230*, Wild Turkey 12, Double-crested
Cormorant 2, Common Loon 4, Great Blue Heron 3, Black Vulture 1, Turkey
Vulture 2, Sharp-shinned Hawk 1, Cooper’s Hawk cw, Bald Eagle 16*,
Red-shouldered Hawk 3, Red-tailed Hawk 4,

Ring-billed Gull cw, Rock Pigeon 33, Mourning Dove 67, Great Horned Owl 2,
Belted Kingfisher 5, Red-headed Woodpecker cw, Red-bellied Woodpecker 31,
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2, Downy Woodpecker 31, Hairy Woodpecker 6,
Northern Flicker 26, Pileated Woodpecker 19, American Kestrel 3, Merlin
1**, Eastern Phoebe 1,

Blue Jay 62, American Crow 82, Common Raven 5, Black-capped Chickadee 2,
Carolina Chickadee 34, Tufted Titmouse 57, Red-breasted Nuthatch 1,
White-breasted Nuthatch 27, Brown Creeper 3, Carolina Wren 27,
Golden-crowned Kinglet 2, Eastern Bluebird 20, Hermit Thrush 3, American
Robin 6, Northern Mockingbird 11, European Starling 159, Cedar Waxwing 2,
Yellow-rumped Warbler 6,

Field Sparrow cw, American Tree Sparrow 1, Fox Sparrow 2, Dark-eyed Junco
70, White-throated Sparrow 28, Song Sparrow 30, Eastern Towhee 10, Northern
Cardinal 54, Red-winged Blackbird 1, Eastern Meadowlark 2, Brown-headed
Cowbird cw, Common Grackle cw, House Finch 16, Purple Finch cw, American
Goldfinch38 and House Sparrow 82.

cw - seen count week, * - record number, ** - new to the count
 

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Date: 12/18/18 2:58 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Mercer County Landfill, Dec 18, 2018
---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: Tue, Dec 18, 2018 at 5:44 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Mercer County Landfill, Dec 18, 2018
To: <jimandjudyphillips...>


Mercer County Landfill, Mercer, West Virginia, US
Dec 18, 2018 2:15 PM - 2:25 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: 50 degrees, mostly sunny
4 species

Black Vulture 128
Turkey Vulture 32
American Crow 34
Common Raven 5

Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV


View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50784960

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)
 

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Date: 12/18/18 2:57 pm
From: James Phillips <jimandjudyphillips...>
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Glenwood Sewage Lagoons, Dec 18, 2018
---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: <ebird-checklist...>
Date: Tue, Dec 18, 2018 at 5:41 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Glenwood Sewage Lagoons, Dec 18, 2018
To: <jimandjudyphillips...>


Glenwood Sewage Lagoons, Mercer, West Virginia, US
Dec 18, 2018 1:55 PM - 2:05 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: mostly sunny, 47 degrees
9 species

Canada Goose 3
Wood Duck 1
American Wigeon 1
Mallard 51
American Black Duck 10
Ring-necked Duck 2
Bufflehead 4
Turkey Vulture 1
American Crow 1

Jim & Judy Phillips
Summers County
Pipestem, WV


View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50784828

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)
 

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Date: 12/18/18 10:18 am
From: Deb Hale <debhale72...>
Subject: Peregrine
The bright white belly gave this guy away well before we reached The Point
in lower town of Harpers Ferry - it gleamed from the granite face of
Maryland Heights across the river. He was perched in a snug little ledge
chunked out of the old advertisement, right near the large P for Powder.
And there he stayed for the whole 10 minutes we watched him. Hadn't seen
him (or her) there in a long long while.

11 o'clock this morning

Deb Hale
Harpers Ferry
 

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Date: 12/18/18 8:03 am
From: paulmck57 <paulmck57...>
Subject: eBird -- McKay Farm,Wheeling, West Virginia, US (40.142, -80.612) -- Dec 18, 2018
McKay Farm,Wheeling, West Virginia, US (40.142, -80.612)
Dec 18, 2018
8:45 AM
Traveling
1.28 miles
98 minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:

2 Mallard
5 Turkey Vulture
2 Red-bellied Woodpecker
2 Downy Woodpecker
2 Hairy Woodpecker
1 Pileated Woodpecker
6 Blue Jay
80 American Crow
8 Carolina Chickadee
5 Tufted Titmouse
8 White-breasted Nuthatch
6 Carolina Wren
6 Eastern Bluebird
2 American Robin
5 American Goldfinch
2 Dark-eyed Junco
6 White-throated Sparrow
8 Song Sparrow
7 Northern Cardinal

Number of Taxa: 19
Paul McKayOhio county

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